Medicinal Uses of Cannabis

In 2019, recreational marijuana was legalized in the state of New York. This means that individuals 21 years or older can use, possess and buy cannabis for personal use within the state. The legalization has opened up a whole new market of opportunity, with products ranging from flowers to edibles to concentrates. This article will provide an overview of what is legal and what is not when it comes to New York Cannabis Training.

In order to purchase and possess cannabis in New York, individuals must be 21 years of age or older. Individuals may not possess more than 3 ounces of cannabis flower, 24 grams of concentrate, or a combination thereof at one time. Cannabis products are limited to those that have been tested for safety and potency by a laboratory licensed by the state.

The purchase, sale and possession of cannabis products are only allowed in certain locations. Dispensaries located within the state must be licensed by the Office of Cannabis Management (OMC). The OMC sets different rules for on-site consumption of marijuana, such as designated smoking areas or retail stores that can sell cannabis products. Individuals are only allowed to purchase cannabis products from a licensed dispensary.

What Is Legal?

In New York, adults aged 21 or over are allowed to possess up to three ounces of marijuana flower, 24 grams of concentrate, and five grams of marijuana-infused edibles. Individuals may also cultivate up to six plants in their home as long as they are kept out of public view. It is important to note that smoking marijuana in public is still illegal and could result in a fine if caught by law enforcement.

Retail sales are also legal under the new legislation; however, there are currently no retail stores open for business due to the ongoing pandemic. When these stores do open, customers will be able to purchase all types of cannabis products such as flower, oils, edibles and concentrates from licensed retailers. It is also important to note that it is illegal to buy or sell marijuana without a license from the state government or local regulatory body.

Medical Marijuana Program

New York State has had a medical marijuana program since 2014; however, it has recently been expanded under the new legislation. The program now allows patients who have been certified by a physician registered with the Department of Health access to more concentrated forms of marijuana such as oils and tinctures as well as higher doses than before. Additionally, patients enrolled in the program no longer need separate prescriptions for each product they wish to purchase; instead they can simply present their medical card at any participating dispensary for access to whatever products they need.

Overall, cannabis legalization in New York provides many opportunities for adults 21 and over who wish to responsibly consume marijuana products while also allowing those who need medical relief access via the Medical Marijuana Program. With retail stores expected to open soon, individuals looking for quality cannabis products will have plenty of options available throughout the state. Whether you’re looking for recreational enjoyment or medical relief, understanding your state’s laws around cannabis use is essential so you can make informed decisions about your own consumption habits safely and legally.


Ivy Skye Marshall: Ivy, a social justice reporter, covers human rights issues, social movements, and stories of community resilience.