July 2023 Update: New York has been disgustingly slow in setting up the guidelines for at home cultivation. You can still grow if you have a caregivers license (see below), but at the moment, all that is promised for a normal adult resident who want to grow is….
Adult Use Retail Sales began on December 22, 2022 and it’s a shame that no developments have been announced.
Beginning October 5th, 2022, only certified patients or their designated caregiver aged 21 and older living in New York may cultivate (grow) medical cannabis in their home.
“Certified patients are people who received a certification from a health care provider
to use medical cannabis to treat a health condition. Not all health care providers in NY are able to certify patients for medical cannabis – a list of some providers can be found here. To learn how to become a certified patient, please visit: https://cannabis.ny.gov/patients.“
To get certified, you will have to find a practitioner to approve your need for using cannabis for medicinal purposes. For example, suffering from severe headaches, got a hernia, woke up with a stiff neck, got a vasectomy and there’s pain in your balls are all valid reasons for getting certified. A list of practitioners that can certify you can be seen here: https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana_practitioner_list/
In New York, marijuana was made legal for recreational use on March 31st, 2021.
Certified New Yorkers 21 years and older will be able to grow up to six plants in their home for personal use. This means 3 mature plants and 3 immature plants. They are also permitted to a maximum of twelve plants per household. This means 6 mature plants and 6 immature plant in a house with 2 certified patients. Reminder: 12 is the max, even if there are three or more certified adults over the age of 21 in the residence.
Marijuana plants must be kept in a secure / safe place.
(Not accessible to any person under 21)
Home grown cannabis cannot be sold to anyone.
(Cannabis Is only intended for personal use)
For a list of all rules and tips on growing, check out this amazing write up that was actually provided by New York State, I must admit, its the best I have ever read from any state provided guide: https://cannabis.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/10/medical-home-cultivation-guide-.pdf
* On March 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law. Separate provisions for permitting the home-cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per person (3 mature and 3 immature) and/or up to 12 plants per household (6 mature/6 immature) will take effect in 2022.
|More than 6 plants||Misdemeanor||1 year||$ 1,000|
“It must be safe to grow since my state is recreational”- this is simply not the case.
Cannabis smoking and consumption recreationally can be dangerous. “Weed” is a controlled substance nationally. We do not advise the excessive consumption of cannabis or any dangerous drugs like alcohol and pharmaceuticals.
If you think just because the state is recreational it means you can grow grow grow. Please reconsider and do your own research to understand the legality of your state.
Often the person who doesn’t know what they are doing is the one who gets in trouble.
Be safe and remember you can both have fun and be safe.