CBD Legal States Policy

Medical Cannabis Policy State by State: New York

What is the legal status of cannabis in New York?

In 2014, The Empire State passed the Compassionate Care Act. This law allows patients of any age who meet the qualifications below to be protected from prosecution for possession and use of medical marijuana products. There is no limit on the amount of marijuana that a patient may consume provided they were recommended their dosage by a practicing accredited physician; the law only specifies they are allowed to possess a 30-day supply. It does not declare the specific amount which comprises a 30-day supply.

No smokable or edible products are permitted, and the products must have comparable levels of THC to CBD, or be a low-THC, high-CBD strain. Oils, pills, vaporizers, and topicals are permitted. On January 7, 2016, dispensaries in New York began providing medicine to the people who need it most.

CBD oil derived from hemp is 100% legal in all 50 states, as this plant never has more than trace amounts of THC, but is generally rich in CBD and other cannabinoids.

Eligible Conditions:

  • ALS,
  • cancer,
  • epilepsy,
  • Huntington’s disease
  • inflammatory bowel disease,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • neuropathy,
  • Parkinson’s disease,
  • and spinal Cord Injuries

Condition must be accompanied by one or more of the following:

  • cachexia or wasting syndrome,
  • seizures,
  • severe or chronic pain,
  • severe nausea,
  • severe or persistent muscle spasms.