If you live in Port Jefferson Station and struggle with a chronic or debilitating condition, you now have the right to medical marijuana treatments. Under the Compassionate Care Act, New York state law provides criteria for those who qualify to receive a medical marijuana card and thus gain access to local dispensaries.
Be sure to do your research ahead of time to determine if you qualify.
To get your MMJ card, the first step is for a physician to certify your condition. This doctor needs to be registered with the state, so you may need to find a doctor other than your primary care physician.
During your appointment, the doctor will determine if you have a qualifying condition. They’ll need to look over your medical records and ask some questions. Once they’re sure you’re a good candidate, they’ll certify you with the Department of Health and provide you with written certification.
After this appointment, you can now create an account on the DOH’s website and apply for your medical marijuana card. Once all criteria are met, you will receive your MMJ card in the mail.
It’s important to find a doctor who you can create a lasting relationship with. The more your certifying doctor knows about your condition, the easier it will be to qualify for your card. They can also renew your certification when it expires.
There are many options in Suffolk County and on Long Island. To find a doctor near you, use our search engine. You’ll be able to find fantastic physicians less than five miles away from Port Jefferson Station. You can also check out the DOH’s full list of certifying medical practitioners.
If you’d prefer a more private consultation, you can use the Telehealth Portal to meet with a doctor in a discreet, online video chat. This is a perfect option for housebound patients.