Obtaining A Medical Cannabis Card in New York
- Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition.
- Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in New York.
- Patients must be a resident of the state of New York with proof of residency. If you do not have a New York I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
- To qualify, patients be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the recognized medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law.
Qualifying Medical Conditions in New York
Patients in New York diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under New York’s medical marijuana law, as per Assembly Bill 6357:
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Crohn’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Damage to nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity
- Ulcerative colitis
As of June 2018, a regulatory amendment issued by the NY State Department of Health added opioid use as a qualifying condition. In July 2018, this was expanded and any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed now qualifies for medical marijuana due to emergency regulations issues by the NY State Department of Health. Patients who suffer from a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition or any of the following conditions where it is clinically associated with a complication of a condition under this paragraph or treatment can qualify for symptoms/conditions including:
- cachexia or wasting syndrome
- extreme nausea
- severe or persistent muscle spasms
- severe or chronic pain
Allowed Forms & Dosages of Cannabis Permitted
Approved forms include liquids and oil for vaporization, inhalers, and/or capsules to take orally. NOTE: Under the New York State law, smoking & edibles are not permitted.
The patient’s certifying practitioner must include the following information on the patient’s certification:
- the authorized brand and form of the approved medical marijuana
- the administration method, and
- any limitations on the use of approved medical marijuana product.
If a practitioner has a recommendation regarding dosage, it should also be included on the certification, although a recommendation on dosage is not required. The total amount of product that may be dispensed may not exceed a thirty-day supply.
Resources for New York Medical Cannabis Patients & Caregivers:
- The New York State Medical Marijuana Program: Patient Information. Also available in: Spanish, Italian, Korean, Russian, Chinese, Haitian Creole
The Medical Cannabis Community recently partnered with Veriheal to raise awareness for the New York Medical Cannabis program. Veriheal is an organization focused on helping people obtain state legal medical access, through tele-medicine based services. Their organization has doctors who can certify you for the New York program online.
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