Cannabis has faced an uphill battle in the Empire State since prohibition back in 1927. Nearly a hundred years later, it’s made lots of progress as you can find a NuggMd New York MMJ doctor in no time.

New York’s Compassionate Care Act was approved by the New York Assembly and Senate in June 2014. A month later Governor Cuomo signed the groundbreaking legislature permitting the use of medical cannabis to protect seriously ill patients using it according to their doctor. For the first time in a long time, New Yorkers could finally use cannabis legally!

Yet it wasn’t perfect. Potential patients faced limited availability of registered cannabis doctors (some still don’t make their info available publicly), much stricter medical requirements than other states, and a lack of dispensaries. As a result, only 1,300 patients registered in the first three years (through March 2017). Not a success.

Then 2017 brought improvement for New York’s medical cannabis program as:

  • Two conditions, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder were added to the list of conditions that qualify for a marijuana identification card.
  • The number of registered New York cannabis doctors increased.

The exact number of New Yorkers who suffer from chronic pain isn’t clear (it’s in the tens-of-thousands), but there are approximately 19,000 New Yorkers who suffer from PTSD. This is a huge number of people who can finally get safe relief from medical cannabis, not addictive opiates. As of March 2018, the number of legal medical users has since skyrocketed to 47,000 patients!

New York state qualifying cannabis conditions

Cuomo appointed New York Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker to determine which conditions are eligible for medical cannabis use. While there are just twelve, it’s possible other conditions may qualify in the future. You must also have valid medical proof of your condition(s).

  • Cancer
  • ALS
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord damage causing spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

New York state MMJ card application process

While the process is slightly more complicated than other states, obtaining your certification has never been easier. That’s because the premiere California recommendation site and most trusted source in cannabis telemedicine, NuggMD, is now available in the Empire State!

To receive a New York medical cannabis card you must:

  • Have proof of New York state residency (I.D. card, driver’s license, or passport).
  • Have a valid qualifying medical condition.
  • Fill out a simple medical questionnaire and provide proof of any qualifying condition(s).
  • Speak to a certified cannabis doctor registered with the state.
  • Register with the New York Department of Health’s online cannabis patient registry ($50 state fee).

Let NuggMD simplify your cannabis experience!


Finding a registered cannabis doctor once involved long internet searches and even longer wait times. But NuggMD offers an online option that’s easier, cheaper and faster, with no appointment required, seven days a week. They’ve certified over 250,000 patients in California as well as helped them buy marijuana in California.

NuggMD connects you to a registered cannabis doctor by video conference from your smartphone, laptop, or any smart device. Typical consultations take five to ten minutes but can be as long as needed to get the information you require. If you’re not approved, you’re not charged!

NuggMD has the lowest price in the state, $149 for new patients and $99 for renewals. You’ll receive your cannabis I.D. card once you register with the DOH.

Getting your MMJ products

New York medical cannabis is restricted to capsules, tinctures, and oils for vaporizers or inhalers. Unfortunately, that means no flower or edibles–yet. These products must be purchased from NY state-licensed dispensaries, though Nugg hopes to have its cannabis delivery service up and running soon.

In addition to providing unparalleled medical service, NuggMD provides unrivaled patient support with their cannabis concierges. These helpful one-on-ones will answer any cannabis related questions about any products or dispensaries. They’re here to make your cannabis experience easier–what NuggMD is all about!

Get to know the team behind Nugg

The Story & Team

NuggMD ( came into existence in 2016, known as “the other arm” of their overall business, NuggMD is the leading telemedicine platform for cannabis evaluations and has served over 250,000 people in California and New York, and will be available in more states soon, ( Also, be sure to check out Nugg Club. The easiest and fastest way to have your cannabis delivered to your doorstep.

To read the full in-depth story of their journey, I’ll refer DCN readers to GetNugg’s story on their website.

A summarized version of the story starts like this: three humans with a keen eye on the developing situation in the cannabis industry in Los Angeles, California was all that was needed to recognize the issues plaguing the fledgling industry. To a name few issues that GetNugg’s team decided to address early on: long wait lines at dispensaries, dispensary management not living up to business standard expectations for both patients and B2B partnerships alike, and patients not having access to physicians in order to get a valid doctor recommendation for cannabis consumption.

These are pivotal pain points in the cannabis industry and are still pain points that plague the industry even now. Although after researching more into the leadership behind GetNugg MD, I believe their team’s passion and determination to see a compliant and legal industry will help take root. Their mission and story will allow other brands and teams to realize that we as cannabis businesses offer more than just services but also set a tone for the cannabis industry.


Meet the three humans who co-founded GetNugg MD (names in order from left to right):

  1. Alex Milligan
  2. Kam Babazade
  3. Collin Mann

Following statements pulled from their Angel.Co profile:

“Based in Los Angeles, we’re the nation’s largest online cannabis marketplace. We provide quick, easy, and professional access to medical marijuana delivery for people in California, and have ambitious plans to offer our services throughout the entire United States.

Our mission is to improve people’s quality of life through cannabis.

We do it every day, we love it, and think you will too.”

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