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How to Get aNew York Medical Marijuana Card

If you’re interested in getting a New York medical marijuana card, the following steps will guide you through the process. The card is your key to the dispensary and we look forward to serving you.


To participate in New York’s medical marijuana program, you must be able to demonstrate current residency in New York State. You’ll need to provide one of the following:

  • ID number from your New York State Driver’s License or New York State Non-Driver ID Card.
  • Copy of a government-issued ID card that contains your name and New York State address.
  • Copy of a utility bill or other document showing your residency issued within the previous two months. The document must contain your name and address.
  • Copy of a current lease or similar document showing your residency within New York State.
  • Other documentation as approved by the Department of Health containing sufficient information to show proof of residency in New York State.

Temporary residents who are receiving treatment in New York for a qualifying medical condition may demonstrate residency by providing a lease, utility bill, hospital bill, or other documentation as approved by the Department of Health.


As of January 2022, New York’s Office of Cannabis Management has expanded access to medical marijuana. Patients are no longer limited by a list of qualifying conditions to be eligible for the use of medical cannabis. Certifying practitioners can use their clinical discretion to issue a certification for the medical use of cannabis.


If you can prove NY residency, the next step is to obtain a patient certification from a participating physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner. If they agree to approve you for the program, they must submit a patient certification form on your behalf.

Please note that in order to approve you, the doctor or nurse must be licensed in New York and registered with the medical marijuana program. Referrals are only available from your doctor and cannot be provided by the dispensary.

Once you’ve received your patient certification, you’ll need to complete an online patient application for the medical marijuana program. The first step is to create an account and click on ”Health Applications” then “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” in order to access the online application form. The form will request basic information from you including your proof of New York residency. If your application is approved, you’ll receive your medical marijuana card in the mail.

Each patient may appoint up to five caregivers during the application process. A caregiver is a trusted individual you select who will be permitted to make dispensary purchases on your behalf if you are unable to visit in person. Once your application is approved, your caregiver(s) will need to register through the online system.

Step 4: COME SHOP!

Once you have your card in hand, you’re ready to begin making purchases at the dispensary. Please click here to pre-register with the Columbia Care location of your choice, which will save time during your first visit. Our helpful staff will be happy to show you around the dispensary and answer any questions you have about our products and services.