Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

1977: The possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized however, public-view possession remained a misdemeanor.
2014: NYPD was directed to stop making arrests for minor marijuana possessions and issue tickets instead.
2017: Medical cannabis was made legal.


In 1977, the possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized however, possession in public view still remained a misdemeanor. In 2014, the Mayor of the city of New York, Bill de Blasio, ordered the NYPD to issue tickets instead of making arrests for minor marijuana-related issues, including possession in public view. Also in 2014, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed legislation making medical marijuana legal.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in New York?

Only medical marijuana patients can possess marijuana in New York at this time. Qualifying conditions include but are not limited to: Cancer, HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Parkinson’s disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. In regards to possession, a registered practitioner will prescribe a certain dosage and patients are not to possess more than a 30-day supply at one time. Patients can only purchase medicinal cannabis at state-regulated dispensaries and are not permitted to grow their own marijuana. Currently, only liquids, oils, capsules and inhalers are legal forms of marijuana in New York.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in New York?

No, it is illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of marijuana in New York.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in New York?

In order to obtain medical marijuana in New York, a practitioner who is registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program must issue you a certification stating that you suffer from a qualifying condition in which marijuana would be appropriate to treat. You then must fill out the online application and submit a fee to complete the process.

Can I sell marijuana in New York?

Only state-regulated dispensaries can sell cannabis in New York.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding New York marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.