New York (NY) Medical Marijuana Laws

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature enacted the Compassionate Care Act in 2014, which legalizes the medical use of prepared cannabis products by eligible patients. State law does not allow the possession or use of whole plant marijuana, however, just pills, oils, tinctures, and other such preparations. New York medical marijuana law also requires patients (and caregivers, if applicable) to register with the state in order to access medicine. See About the Medical Marijuana Program to learn more.

  • Illnesses: Cancer, Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s Disease, Inflammatory bowel disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathies, Spinal cord damage
  • Possession: DOH is in the process of determining limits, but it may not be a whole-plant form of cannabis nor more than a 30-day supply
  • Cultivation: Not allowed
  • Dispensaries: State will authorize up to five producers and up to 20 dispensaries
  • Statute (proposed regulations): New York Compassionate Care Act: Proposed Regulations