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Dr. Henderson, APRN, DNP offers medical cannabis recommendations via telemedicine for NEW YORK residents.  Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services or consultations over the telecommunications infrastructure.

Modern medical research has discovered beneficial uses for marijuana in treating or alleviating pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with certain debilitating medical conditions, as found by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in March 1999.

To participate in New York’s medical marijuana program, patients must have a qualifying condition and experience associated or complicating symptoms. The qualifying medical conditions are as follows:

  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PTSD
  • Spinal Cord Injury with Spasticity
  • Any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed

The associated or complicating conditions include:

  • Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Severe or Chronic pain
  • Severe Nausea
  • Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Seizures

 

How can I get a NEW YORK medical marijuana card?

  1. Talk with your Health Care Provider

If your health care provider decides that medical marijuana is right for your qualifying condition, you will get a signed certification form. You need this form to apply for a registry ID card.

  1. Apply for Registry ID Card Online
    For specific registration instructions, go to health.ny.gov/mmp and click on How to Register.

To register, you must have this information ready:

  • The certification form your health care provider gave you.
  • Proof of identity and New York State residency.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO SHOW RESIDENCY
Must have either:

  • Drivers’s License without PO BOX
  • New York State Non-Driver’s ID

Other valid forms:

  1. Utility bill
  2. Lease
  3. Hotel bill (3 months paid)
  4. Government issued ID
  • Parents or legal guardians of patients under the age of 18 must submit a copy of a government-issued ID and a copy of the patient’s birth certificate.

You can:

  • Print a temporary ID card to use while you wait for your permanent registry ID.
  • Select up to two caregivers who can buy medical marijuana for you. They must register after your registration is approved.
  • Register by phone, but your registration may take longer.
  1. Visit a Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facility

Once you have your temporary or permanent registry ID card, you can visit a New York State dispensing facility to buy medical marijuana. Bring your certification form and registry ID card with you.

Addresses and hours can be found at health.ny.gov/mmp by clicking on Where to Purchase Product.

 

New York Medical Marijuana Program Information

To qualify for the New York Medical Marijuana Program, patients must be diagnosed with one of several severe and debilitating or life threatening conditions that are accompanied by an associated or complicating condition, and receive a written certification from a physician. Then apply for a New York Medical Marijuana Card.

Marijuana isn’t exactly legal in New York; you can’t consume it recreationally but there has been significant progress with respect to medical cannabis.

As mentioned above, the passing of Assembly Bill 6357 made things a lot easier.

The passing of the bill caused several things to happen. Criminal penalties, as ordained by state legislature, for possessing and using marijuana, no longer applied to people who had a written endorsement by a physician. The endorsement has to clearly state that the user stands to benefit by using marijuana to treat a medical condition that is debilitating.

The practitioner has to specify the following on the endorsement; the brand and form of medical cannabis that has been authorized, the approved method of administration and if there are any limitations. Interestingly, the dosage does not have to be specified.

Assembly Bill 6357 also contains laws that apply to the production, sale and subsequent usage. There are only five organizations that have been registered for cultivating, manufacturing and dispensing medical marijuana. The organizations have to pass through a rigorous vetting process conducted by the Commissioner of the Health Department.

Once the registered organization has been selected, it can establish a maximum of four dispensaries, subject to state regulation, for selling and dispensing medical marijuana.

The state of New York launched its medical marijuana program on January 7, 2016, with a total of eight dispensaries. The total amount of dispensed product has to be limited to a 30 day supply. The forms of medical marijuana that are permitted are capsules, inhalers, vape oil and liquids. Neither edibles nor smoking cannabis is permitted. Moreover, medical cannabis cannot be cultivated, according to NY state law.

Weed has been decriminalized in New York to a significant extent, i.e. a minor first offense will not land you in jail. The severity of the punishment will probably be commensurate with that for a minor traffic violation. However illegal possession can result in prosecution in New York.

However people with genuine medical conditions now have easier access to doctors for medical marijuana, which can enable them to acquire a medical marijuana card.


Common Questions in obtaining a Medical Marijuana Card

  1. What do I do after I receive a certification from my registered practitioner?

Once you possess a certification from a registered practitioner, you must register with the Medical Marijuana program through the Department’s online Patient Registration System. You can find detailed instructions on the registration process, including how to register on behalf of a minor or an individual who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment, by visiting: Information for Patients .

After your registration is approved, you will be issued a Temporary Registry Identification Card, which may be used in conjunction with a government issued photo identification card until you receive your registry identification card in the mail. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here:

Registered Organizations .

  1. May I register on behalf of a minor or person who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment?

Yes. If the applicant for a registry identification card is under the age of eighteen (18) or a person who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment, the application must be submitted by an appropriate person over twenty-one (21) years of age. The applicant must designate at least one, and up to two, caregivers who must be among the following: (i) a parent or legal guardian of the certified patient; (ii) a person designated by a parent or legal guardian; or (iii) an appropriate person approved by the Department upon a sufficient showing that no parent or legal guardian is available or appropriate. The designated caregiver must also register in order to receive a registry ID card of their own in order to purchase the medical marijuana on behalf of the patient. You can find detailed instructions on the registration process, by visiting: Information for Patients.

  1. How do I register with the program as a caregiver?

A patient who is registered with the program must first designate you as a caregiver during the patient registration process. After the patient’s registration has been approved by the Department, the caregiver(s) must register with the Department. The patient will have access to instructions for caregiver registration. To register with the Department as a designated caregiver, you must be a resident of New York State and have a valid New York State Driver’s License or New York State Non-Driver ID card. You can find detailed instructions on the registration process, by visiting: Designated Caregiver Information .

  1. Do I have to pay to register as a patient or as a caregiver?

There is a non-refundable application fee of fifty dollars ($50) that the Department is currently waiving for all patients and their designated caregivers.

  1. When can I expect my registry identification card to arrive?

After your registration is approved you will be issued a Temporary Registry Identification Card Registry Identification Card, which may be used in conjunction with a government issued photo identification until you receive your registry identification card in the mail. Please allow approximately seven business days to receive your Patient or Caregiver Registry ID Card. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizationshttps://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/application/selected_applicants.htm. The Website is the hyperlink I would like embedded next to the underlined purple word)

  1. Can I still register if a practitioner will not provide a certification?

No, a patient may not register without a certification from a registered practitioner.

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