Medical Marijuana Laws by State

Medical marijuana laws by state vary drastically in their scope and implementation, including the regulation of dispensaries and the types of illnesses treated. Please write to your Senators and let them know how you feel.


Recreational and medical use


Medical use only


CBD only state


Currently still an illegal state


New York

Legalization: This state has legalized marijuana for medical use.
Law:Assembly Bill 6357 – Approved June 19, 2014

Possession: 30-day supply to be determined by the health commissioner during the rule making process or by the physician.

Can you use other Legal State Cards: No

How The Law Reads:

Law: Assembly Bill 6357 (85 KB)

Approved: June 19, 2014 by Assembly, 117-13; June 20, 2014 by Senate, 49-10
Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 5, 2014
Effective: Upon Governor’s signature

Approved Conditions: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage causing spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, or Huntington’s disease. The Department of Health commissioner has the discretion to add or delete conditions and must decide whether to add Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, PTSD, and rheumatoid arthritis within 18 months of the law becoming effective.

The Department of Health has 18 months to establish regulations and register dispensing organizations. Marijuana will be taxed at 7%, to be paid by the dispensary. The law automatically expires after seven years.

Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana:
The health commissioner will register up to five organizations to manufacture medical marijuana, each of which may own and operate no more than four dispensing sites.

Patient Registry Fee:

Registration: Mandatory

New York State Medical Marijuana Program

New York State Department of Health