What is a Medical Marijuana Card?
A medical marijuana card is a document that lets you buy, possess, and consume medical cannabis in New York. It’s basically a legal license to use weed.
There are three types of cards:
- A patient card is for people who use or want to use cannabis for their own health reasons.
- An employee identification card is issued by the state Department of Health to those working in the state’s medical marijuana program (or any other registered organization).
- A caregiver card allows you to buy cannabis for others who have been approved as patients under New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Act.
How to get a medical marijuana card?
The first step to getting a medical marijuana card is to meet with a certified doctor who can diagnose you with one of the qualifying conditions. If your doctor determines that there is a legitimate reason for you to have access to medical marijuana, they will issue you an official certification. It’s crucial to know that even if you don’t have this certification yet, it’s still possible for some dispensaries across the state to serve customers without proof of their condition. The best thing about these dispensaries is that they charge lower prices than their counterparts who require certain documentation before selling products.
After receiving your official certification (or if you already had one), applying online should be easier than ever! You’ll simply need your name and email address, as well as your birthdate and social security number—the latter two of which are used only for identification purposes during this process.”Once entered into our system,” says Dan Orlando from Compassionate Care NY, “you will receive an automatic response from us confirming receipt of this information.”
How long does it take to get a medical marijuana card?
The time it takes to get a medical marijuana card in New York depends on how quickly you can get your doctor to fill out the forms for you. Additionally, if you want to be prepared for when medical cannabis is legal in New York, it’s important that you go see a doctor who specializes in cannabis now. If possible, find a clinic where the doctors are certified by the NY state and have experience using medical marijuana treatments.
There are clinics like Leafdoc which make it easy for New Yorkers to get a Medical Marijuana Card easily. You can simply apply online and get it within a day or two.
In New York City, you can visit a dispensary to purchase medical marijuana. You’ll need to bring your MMJ card with you each time you visit a dispensary, as this will serve as proof of your status. Dispensaries have all sorts of products that are available for purchase with an MMJ card, including tinctures and oils for vaporization or ingestion.
You can not buy medical marijuana online in New York City or anywhere else in the state of New York at this time. However, there are many other states where it is legal to buy weed online, including Colorado, Washington State and California (just to name a few).
You need to be diagnosed with a qualifying condition before you can receive approval for medical marijuana.
Here are the most common qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New York:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Parkinson’s Disease
Other conditions that may qualify you include glaucoma, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. If you have one of these conditions and have been treated with conventional therapies without success or relief, then you might be eligible for medical marijuana. You need to verify this by visiting your doctor who will assess whether or not the conventional treatments have been tried before recommending medical marijuana.