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A Journal of Cannabis and Culture

Breaking Down The Basics: New York Cannabis Laws

Breaking Down The Basics: New York Cannabis Laws

We’ve discussed the basics of cannabis regulation in California and cannabis regulation in Nevada, both of which play host to several MedMen locations. Now we are onto the next space MedMen calls home; shifting over to the east coast to highlight the rules of cannabis consumption in the Empire State.

The MedMen outposts that span New York, Nevada, and California are all united by the dedication to quality and accessibility that we continually strive to provide—but our New York marijuana dispensaries offer up one major difference: the recreational use of marijuana is not yet legal in New York. Currently, the only way one can legally consume cannabis in New York is via their medical marijuana program, which became legal in 2016.

There are 12 conditions that enable an individual to qualify for medical marijuana use. You may be eligible for medical marijuana if you have been diagnosed with one or more of the following severe debilitating or life threatening conditions: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, Huntington's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, pain that degrades health and functional capability as an alternative to opioid use or substance use disorder. The severe debilitating or life-threatening condition must also be accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms, PTSD or opioid use disorder.

In order to use medical marijuana, you must first qualify under the set conditions before you become certified by a registered practitioner. From there, you will receive an ID card, which you will then use to go purchase marijuana from a registered dispensary. And lucky for you, there are numerous MedMen weed dispensaries in New York.

Once you’ve got your product, there’s another set of regulations. You must have your ID card with you when in possession of cannabis, and there is no vaping in public and in any location in which smoking is prohibited. Much like any other state where any form of weed is allowed, there is also no consumption of marijuana while in any vehicle.

If you currently have a medical marijuana card in New York, our dispensaries offer up numerous products for your needs. Whether you need a marijuana item to ease pain, aid sleep, or curb an ailment, our helpful staff is ready and willing to help you find the product that is best for you.

From our medical marijuana dispensaries in New York City and dispensaries in Buffalo to the dispensaries in Syracuse and dispensaries in Lake Success, the State of New York has a touch of MedMen fit for any marijuana need.

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