New York’s New Medical Marijuana Law (S7923/A6357-E)
New York legalized medical marijuana in 2014 when Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act. Under New York’s new medical marijuana law, a patient who has been certified by a healthcare provider to use medical marijuana will register with the New York State Department of Health and receive a patient identification card. Specially approved organizations — such as hospitals or community health centers — will dispense the medical marijuana to registered patients, under Department of Health supervision.
Cannabis is a state-legal alternative to prescription medication. Licensed physicians are permitted to evaluate and recommend Medical Marijuana, also known as MMJ, to qualifying patients suffering from a debilitating condition.