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New York Marijuana Laws

Recreational and medical marijuana are both legal in New York with medical legalized in 2014 and recreational legalized in 2021. Read on to learn more about New York's current marijuana laws and where you can find a marijuana dispensary in New York.

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What you need to know about New York’s Marijuana Laws

  • Both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in the state of New York for adults aged 21 and older
  • Recreational stores are scheduled to open in 2022
  • New York is home to dozens of marijuana dispensaries located across the state
  • It is legal to possess/transport up to three ounces of marijuana and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate for adults aged 21 and older
  • Cultivation laws have not been enacted but are scheduled to be set for medical patients in 2021 and recreational users in 2022
  • Currently in New York use of marijuana in public places is prohibited

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New York Recreational Marijuana Laws

Marijuana was legalized for use by adults over the age of 21 in March 2021 and retail sales should begin in 2022. If you live in New York or are visiting the state, you may carry up to three ounces of marijuana and 24 grams of cannabis concentrates. Once marijuana cultivation laws have been laid out, residents of New York will be legally permitted to cultivate six plants per person but no more than twelve plants per household. Commercial consumption sites and delivery services will be allowed within the state.

With recreational marijuana new to New York, currently dispensaries are only serving medical patients. PotAdvisor will continue to update our dispensary listings as new businesses open in the future. Check out the New York city maps (linked below) to find the closest recreational or medical dispensary near you.

New York Medical Marijuana Laws

Since 2014, doctors in New York have been able to prescribe marijuana for qualifying patients. Medical dispensaries began selling medical marijuana to patients in 2016. Smokable marijuana is currently not sold at medical dispensaries but is expected to be offered to patients in the near future. Home delivery is legal for patients with a medical marijuana card in New York.

Medical marijuana qualifying conditions in New York include cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, glaucoma, MS, substance use disorder, epilepsy, PTSD, among other debilitating medical conditions.

How to get your Medical Marijuana Card in New York

If you are applying for a medical marijuana card in New York you’ll need to meet with a physician registered with the state to prescribe marijuana. Once a registered physician certifies your qualifying condition, patients may submit the application available on the New York State government website. Once an applicant is approved they will receive a temporary card available in their my.ny.gov account they used to submit their application.

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Currently, medical marijuana cards in New York must be renewed at the discretion of the prescribing physician. New York does not accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards.

Additional Marijuana Laws to be Aware of in New York

  • Public use or consumption of marijuana is illegal in New York. This includes sporting and music venues, state and national parks, campsites, bars, and restaurants
  • It is illegal to use marijuana in a vehicle for both drivers and passengers. Drivers in New York could be charged with a DUI if they are found to be driving under the influence of marijuana
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