As of June 19, 2014, New York voters passed Assembly Bill 6357 which indicates that patients may now receive medical cannabis for qualifying conditions if recommended by their licensed physician. Though the bill has passed, the Department of Health has 18 months to establish regulations and register dispensing organizations. Medical marijuana will be taxed at 7%, to be paid by the dispensary.
Applications for registration as a Registered Organization must be received on or before June 5, 2015. The Compassion Care Act allows for up to five registered organizations in the state (possibly more in the future). Each registered organization may operate up to four dispensaries, making about 20 total in the state of New York.
To obtain a medical marijuana card in New York, you must be a current resident and have a recommendation from a licensed physician stating that you are suffering from a medical condition and could benefit from the use of cannabis.
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Right now it's safe to say that the state of New York is working very hard on getting their medical marijuana laws set in stone before focusing on the recreational side. There are many supporters of recreational marijuana and many agree that taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol would be very beneficial for the state. Bill S01747 would allow for the sale and regulation of recreational marijuana for people 18 years of age and older; this bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee and right now, there are no official answers as to which way things could go.
IF and when S01747 passes, citizens of New York who are 18 and older would be allowed purchase recreational cannabis.
As it stands, there are no recreational marijuana dispensaries in the state of New York. Legalization for recreational marijuana use would mean that adults 21 and older would be allowed to go into a retail marijuana shop, purchase a personal amount of marijuana and pay a tax on his or her purchase, just like alcohol.
It is illegal to consume recreation and medical marijuana in public places such as parks,cars, public transportation, federal land, concerts, etc. Patients with a valid medical marijuana card can consume their medicine in private settings only.
Though the state of New York has decriminalized marijuana, you may not legally possess any recreational marijuana. Only those with valid medical marijuana cards can possess their medicine.