For patients living in Angola, in New York’s Erie County, there is relief in store. Although medical marijuana is strictly regulated by New York state legislature, the Compassionate Care Act allows qualifying patients to use cannabis products to treat debilitating conditions.
The state wants to ensure patients who get their medical marijuana card will benefit from its use, so they have specifically listed conditions that can qualify for medical cannabis treatment. These include:
Conditions with severe symptoms:
There are also undetermined conditions that cause the following symptoms:
If you believe you qualify for a medical marijuana card, the first step is to get an appointment with a New York Department of Health certified medical marijuana doctor. If your primary care physician is not registered with the state, you will need to find a doctor who is.
Be sure to bring the following:
During the appointment, the physician will ask you more about your condition and determine if they feel medical marijuana would be beneficial to you. They will then certify you with the Department of Health. They may also designate a dosage. Then they will give you your Certification Document.
It is now up to you to register with the DOH online. You will need to fill out the application and provide proof of New York state residency. After you are approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail.
There are a few doctors in Angola and the surrounding Erie County that are qualified to certify your use of medical cannabis. There is a full list of registered doctors who have agreed to make their information public on the New York Department of Health’s website.
You can make an appointment to see a state certified physician, or if your health prevents you from coming in, you can arrange a telemedicine appointment. The physician will provide you with your Certification Document and go over the risks and benefits of medical marijuana.