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In order to obtain medical marijuana in New York, a practitioner who is registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program must issue you a certification stating that you suffer from a qualifying condition in which marijuana would be appropriate to treat. You then must fill out the online application and submit a fee to complete the process.
1977: The possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized however, public-view possession remained a misdemeanor.
2014: NYPD was directed to stop making arrests for minor marijuana possessions and issue tickets instead.
2017: Medical cannabis was made legal.
2019: Decriminalization is billed by many marijuana reform advocates as a step toward eventual legalization. Legalizing would allow possession and growing of small amounts without any penalty, and would set up a legal system for commercial growing, processing and sales.
Ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult recreational marijuana, and for much of this year it looked like New York might join them. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed legalization at the start of the year, but it fell victim to sparring over the details.