Don’t miss out on the benefits of medical cannabis because your card is expired

You might think that once you have a medical marijuana card, that it’s good for life. In New York, your medical cannabis card expires when the certification that was issued by your doctor expires – which is usually annually. If your certification is terminated, you move, or you change your name, you have to renew your medical marijuana card. The good news is that you can do it online without visiting a doctor’s office.

New York state has specific requirements about card renewal that has to be carefully followed so you can continue enjoying the benefits of medical cannabis. 

Here’s a simple step by step plan to follow when you’re trying to figure out how to deal with weed card renewal online.

Make sure you have an account with the Health Department before starting your renewal process. Since you already have a card, you should have an account. Just go to this website and double-check that you have access. 

To renew your medical marijuana card, you’ll select the Health Applications icon. This will direct you to the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” to access your account. 

You need to choose the icon that says, “Update Information/Request New Card” and then select the reason why you’re renewing. You’re going to need all of your documents with you when you make this request, so it’s a good idea to have digital copies available. If you’re renewing your card for a name change, you’ll need the official legal paperwork when you make the renewal request. Then, the Department of Health will review the renewal. Once you’ve been approved, a temporary id card can be accessed from your account. That gives you the ability to purchase medical marijuana while the actual card is mailed to you.

One of the reasons it’s so important to keep your records up to date is because if your card expires, that means you’re no longer eligible to access medical marijuana. You already know how beneficial it is to your particular condition, so don’t disrupt your treatment plan by failing to keep your card up to date. Visit our list of authorized dispensaries to help select the right one for you. 

Remember that you have to carry your registry card with you whenever you have approved medical cannabis with you. That’s why it’s so important to keep your card renewed and up to date at all times.