Cannabis Legislation in New York

Under the Compassionate Care Act (2014), medical marijuana is only to be made available to patients living with specific approved conditions. The New York State Health Commissioner is primarily responsible for determining the eligible conditions for the program. Patients must obtain a certification from a registered practitioner. Patients are also required to register with the program. Additionally, dispensaries are required to register with the state in order to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana to patients in New York.

Approved Conditions
  • Severe and/or chronic pain (click for information)
  • Cancer
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal cord injury with spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
Associated and Complicating Conditions
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe and/or persistent muscle spasms

Registered physicians


Certified patients

Legislation Information for Physicians
Legislation Information for Patients