While cannabis is illegal for recreational use in New York State, medical cannabis is legal and has been since 2016. Possession of small amounts of weed has been decriminalized and is treated as a violation.
Since medical marijuana became legal in New York City, dispensaries have been opening all over the city in recent years. Most dispensaries specializes in tinctures, edibles, soft gels & vapes. For now, unfortunately, buying flowers is still illegal even for medical cannabis.
New Yorkers who wish to use medical marijuana need medical records to show that they are suffering from chronic pain, nausea, HIV, seizures, Parkinsons, PTSD, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis and several other diseases.
You can then see a practitioner register in the State medical marijuana program who can then issue a medical marijuana card. The card is about $50 but unfortunately, it is not yet covered by insurance. Your insurance will most likely cover the cost of the doctor visit to obtain the card, but not the purchase of medical cannabis.
What's The Best Weed Dispensaries In New York City?
Here's a few medical marijuana dispensary that stand from the pack in New York City:
- Columbia Care; 212 East 14th Street, New York, NY, 10003. Website; https://col-care.com/location/manhattan/
- Columbia Care Brooklyn; 44 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 Website; https://col-care.com/location/brooklyn/
- FP Wellness; 2 East 30th Street, New York, NY, 10016 Website; https://fpwellnessny.com/medical-marijuana-dispensary-nyc/
- Citiva Brooklyn; 202 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217 Website; https://citiva.com/
- The Botanist; 128-72 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY, 11435. Website; https://www.shopbotanist.com/locations/queens-medical-marijuana/
The Future Of Weed In New York?
In April 2020, Gov. Cuomo conceded that it's unlikely cannabis will be legalized in New York State this year.
“Marijuana and the gig economy were two of the more complicated initiatives that we wanted to work through that we didn’t get a chance to do,” he said in response to a question about which policy issues he would’ve liked to tackle in the annual budget bill that passed this week.
“Is the session effectively over? It’s up to the legislature, but I think it’s fair to say it’s effectively over,”
However, there is hope! Some lawmakers are pushing to legalize weed this year to generate much needed revenue for the State which has a budget deficit approaching $61billion, thank in large to the pandemic.
In the words of Sen. Liz Krueger (D), the lead sponsor of a standalone marijuana legalization bill, if legal marijuana didn’t end up being addressed in the budget this year “there is no reason it can’t get done right later.”