What’s the authorized quantity of MMJ you’ll be able to put on in New York?


Medical marijuana has been legal in New York since the Compassionate Care Act was passed in June 2014. This has given residents of the state access to the relief MMJ can provide for a variety of different conditions. There are many diseases that are eligible for medical marijuana, and anyone with the proper documentation and medical marijuana card can use them to deal with them.

However, there are certain limitations that New York MMJ users face. These laws were put in place to keep the use of medical marijuana to treat chronic diseases safe and effective. It is important to know these rules – for example: How much MMJ can you legally carry in New York?

MMJ in New York

New York State introduced the New York State Medical Marijuana Program to give patients access to this treatment option while complying with all rules and regulations governing the possession and use of cannabis for medical purposes. In NY, medical marijuana can be purchased and consumed with an appropriate medical card and diagnosis.

Medicaid or other health insurance plans do not cover the use of medical marijuana for chronic illnesses. Hence, those who wish to supplement their treatment with cannabis will have to pay out of pocket. The processes that patients go through, such as B. Assessment and certification, however, are covered by New York State Medicaid.

New York drug laws

New York State drug laws are virtually the same as they were before medical marijuana was legalized. Patients have limited access to marijuana as there are only 20 or fewer pharmacies operating across the state. The special establishments that are allowed to sell medical marijuana are only allowed to sell cannabis in non-smokable form.

Growing, owning, using, or selling any quantity of marijuana is still illegal in New York State, and there are still penalties ranging in severity from a fine to jail depending on the charges. The good news is that there is a law in place that allows individuals previously charged with possession of small quantities of marijuana to clear their criminal records relating to that charge.

How Much Medical Marijuana Can You Carry In New York?

For a person with a New York MMJ card, the amount of MMJ they can have at any given time is not entirely clear. This is because the state allows cardholders to purchase medical marijuana “for 30 days” at a time. Since doctors are responsible for prescribing the dosage, these numbers can vary from patient to patient based on their personal needs.

There is a New York State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) that gathers data on all patients so that doctors can thoroughly review each patient’s medical history and develop a treatment plan and amount on a case-by-case basis. All medical marijuana purchases are also added to the PMP database. In order to purchase and transport medical marijuana in New York State, an individual must also be certified with New York State ID. Out-of-state cards are not accepted.

Is flower legal in NY?

Smoking cannabis is illegal in New York State, be it medical or recreational. However, the laws do not clearly state that cannabis in dried flower form is illegal for those with a certified medical marijuana card. All forms of medical cannabis must first be approved by the commissioner, including the dried flower form.

Since the New York State Department of Health has also urged medical marijuana users to avoid vape products because of their possible association with lung disease, dried flowers are usually difficult to use without being able to smoke or vape.

Image by Kimzy Nanney on Unsplash: MMJ flowers, while technically not illegal in New York State, are the main methods of taking them.

Are Food Legal in New York State?

Food is currently banned in the state; However, the law allows food and beverage manufacturers to make foods only with cannabidiol (CBD) without the THC component. The forms of medical marijuana that patients have legal access to consume include capsules, liquids, sprays, oils, and vaporizers.

The legalization of medical marijuana in New York State has given many people with chronic diseases a chance at new treatment options. Every patient is different, which is why the law contains a loose definition of how much a person can wear at a time – a 30 day supply – so that each patient can get their allocated amount to help with their specific condition.

Featured image by Tania Fernandez on Unsplash


Beth Edmonds