How to Renew Your New York Medical Marijuana Card Online (2020 Guide)

New York Medical Marijuana Card Renewal
New York Medical Marijuana Card Renewal
New York Medical Marijuana Card Renewal

How to Renew Your New York Medical Marijuana Card Online (2020 Guide)

Need to renew your New York medical marijuana card? Use NuggMD to complete your renewal online with a licensed NY doctor in 10 minutes!
February 24, 2020

Full legalization in New York has been "just around the corner" for about two years now; but despite Governor Cuomo's promises, it's 2020 and we still live in one of the most restrictive medical marijuana states in the nation. So, for now, it's more important than ever to keep our New York Registry ID cards up-to-date.

The good news is that getting your medical marijuana renewal is just as easy as getting your original certification with NuggMD! All it takes is a video-capable cell phone, computer or tablet and a few minutes of your time while you relax in the comfort of your own home.

Connect with a licensed mmj doctor in just minutes and get a 100% legal medical marijuana certification online. Whether you’re a first time patient or renewing your Registry ID, NuggMD makes visiting a trusted doctor as easy as the click of a button.


Medical Marijuana Doctor New York
Medical Marijuana Doctor New York

How to Renew Your New York Medical Marijuana Card

As you know, if you want to legally purchase medical marijuana from state-approved dispensaries, you’ll need an authorized, doctor-approved medical certification acquired via a doctor’s evaluation. 

Thanks to NuggMD you now have the convenient option of choosing a telemedicine evaluation to get your New York mmj card online from a licensed doctor. How did this happen?

In March of 2015, the State of New York passed Senate Bill 2405, allowing “the use of electronic information and communication technologies by telehealth providers, to deliver health care services, which shall include the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management and/or self-management, of a patient.”


Not just anyone is eligible for a New York marijuana certification. According to the state, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a valid New York ID or proof of identification.
  • Must prove residence in the state of New York.
  • Must suffer from one or more of the following legitimate, qualifying medical conditions:
    • Seizures
    • Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Epilepsy
    • Chronic Pain 
    • Spinal cord injury with spasticity
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Huntington’s Disease
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Neuropathy
    • Opioid or substance use disorder

In addition to one of the above conditions, you must have wasting syndrome or cachexia, chronic or severe pain, severe nausea, persistent or severe muscle spasms, seizures, opioid use disorder or PTSD.


How Long is a New York Marijuana Card Valid
How Long is a New York Marijuana Card Valid


NuggMD’s telemedicine service allows you to connect with a licensed doctor online in just moments with your phone, computer or tablet. Speak with a knowledgeable, licensed medical doctor and obtain your medical cannabis certification or renewal from the comfort of home.


Fill out standard medical forms, like you would in any doctor’s office. You’ll also have the option of uploading any relevant medical documents. Remember, all of your medical info remains confidential and protected by HIPAA law.

Next, enter your payment info. All major credit/debit cards and PayPal are accepted. You won’t be charged anything until you’re approved. It costs just $149 for an initial certification or renewal!

Now you’ll have a brief video chat with a professional, personable, and extremely knowledgeable mmj doctor. The evaluation itself is a quick, simple conversation about your current condition, medical history, and how mmj might be the ideal medicine.

NuggMD mmj certificates are legally recognized by the official New York State Department of Health (DOH) Medical Marijuana Certification Program for one year.


You’ll receive an email from NuggMD with your authorized certification and instructions on how to complete the New York state registration or renewal. There's a $50 fee, but New York is still waiving this fee in 2020. After completion, your certification will be mailed within a few business days. 

Only NY-issued certification cards will be accepted at New York dispensaries. Cards/recs from other states will not be deemed valid. However, it is true that some other states will accept New York-issued cards, with states like Oklahoma and Missouri offering temporary solutions for visiting patients. 


  1. Can I grow my own medical marijuana after I’ve been approved for a New York certification?

No, the Compassion Care Act doesn’t allow the private cultivation of marijuana. All mmj growers and suppliers are pre-screened and authorized to do so.

  1. Can I use my medical marijuana card from California (or another state) to purchase medical marijuana while I’m in New York?

No, only those who’ve registered with the State of New York can enjoy the perks of its medical marijuana laws.

  1. Can I use my medical marijuana card from New York to purchase medical marijuana while I am on vacation in another state?

Depends on the state, so be sure to do some online research. Currently, most other states require you to be approved through their own process.