Starting April 21, adults 21 and older will be able to legally purchase cannabis and cannabis products without needing a medical card. This is a historic step in our work to create a new cannabis industry. It will be some time before the state issues licenses to regulated distributors, as the legal landscape continues to map. Until then, marijuana can only be legally purchased from medical marijuana dispensaries by consumers who have the appropriate authorization cards.
But there are reasons for the lack of crackdown, at least for now, against suppliers of illicit marijuana. You are eligible to visit any state-licensed dispensary in New York as soon as you have your temporary card. Remember to bring a government-issued photo ID along with your card. Yes, licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in New York allow the sale of smokable forms of cannabis.
We have experience with medical marijuana products available in New York dispensaries and use specific products and ratios for each condition. That same update allowed patients to speak directly with a dispensary representative and for caregivers to accompany patients to dispensaries.