Since January of 2016, patients have been able to legally obtain Medical Marijuana in New York. According to the New York Department of Health, Physicians certified over 5,000 patients in the first six months of the Medical Marijuana Program.
Do you Qualify for Medical Marijuana?
To qualify for Medical Marijuana in New York, patients need to meet certain criteria as laid out in New York’s Compassionate Care Act. The conditions that qualify include Neuropathy, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), HIV/AIDS and several other neurological conditions, including Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, ALS and Huntington’s Disease. The related symptoms listed are pain, spasticity, nausea, weight loss (medically speaking “Cachexia”) and seizures. The NYS Department of Health can also add additional conditions. Chronic pain and PTSD are currently under consideration.
Additional Medical Marijuana Requirements in NY
- Live in New York and have a valid New York State Driver’s License or New York State Identification.
- Receive treatment in New York for the qualifying disease and symptom.
- Evaluation from a New York physician who has registered with New York State Department of Health to authorize patients for Medical Marijuana.
Steps to Obtain Medical Marijuana in New York
New Yorkers who want to be treated with Medical Marijuana should first see a physician registered with NYS DOH. If the physician feels that you might benefit from treatment, they will certify you and you can then apply for a Medical Marijuana card online. The card is sent by mail and usually arrives within 1-2 weeks. You can take the card, along with the certification document, to any dispensary and receive Medical Marijuana for treatment.
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