How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card in New York
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 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.
Once you’ve received your patient certification, you’ll need to complete an online patient application for the medical marijuana program. Create an account at NY.gov and click on ”Health Applications” then “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” in order to access the online application form.
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
Effective March 22, 2017 chronic pain has been approved by Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker – any severe debilitating pain that the practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability, that has intolerable side effects, that has lasted for or is expected to last for at least three months, and other modes of therapy that has failed to treat or that cannot be treated by another therapy because it would be harmful.”
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
Once certified, it is time to visit a dispensary.
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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