Obtaining NYS Medical Marijuana Card

Which Conditions Make You Eligible To Obtain A NYS Medical Marijuana Card?

As per New York State law, patients diagnosed with one of the following conditions are considered eligible for medical marijuana: Cancer, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, neuropathies and Huntington’s Disease, chronic pain, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

What are the steps in obtaining medical cannabis?

The first step is speaking with registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program medical practitioner about whether the medical use of marijuana is appropriate for your condition. If your practitioner determines it is an appropriate treatment for you and he or she  may issue you a certification for medical marijuana.

Once you received a certification from a registered medical practitioner, you must register with the Medical Marijuana Program through the Department of Health’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 processed, you will be issued a Registry Identification Card. Once you have received your Registry Identification Card, you may visit a dispensing facility to obtain medical marijuana products.

Designated Caregiver

Certified patients registering with the Department’s Medical Marijuana Program may designate up to two caregivers.

The designated caregiver must also register with the Department to receive a registry identification card. Designated caregivers with a valid registry identification card may assist the patient with the possession, acquisition, delivery, transfer, transportation and/or administration of approved medical marijuana products.

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