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New York Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in New York

The State of New York has recently passed a piece of marijuana legislation that effectively establishes a state-regulated medical marijuana program. While the measure itself narrows down the amount of qualifying diagnoses or conditions that would qualify a patient for the therapeutic use of cannabis within the state, New York's program was drafted with careful and strict controls that will operate under very tight regulation and oversight. Patients that have been certified by a licensed healthcare practitioner to use medical marijuana in New York will be required to register with the New York State Department of Health and obtain a New York medical marijuana card – which will serve as a means of identification for the state-sanctioned patient registry. The passing of this bill makes New York the 23rd state in the country to set the foundation for a medical marijuana program. The Compassionate Care Act outlines about a half-of-a-dozen different debilitating medical conditions, all of which marijuana has been recommended to help treat. Before the bill’s passage, state lawmakers narrowed down the list of qualifying conditions that would allow a patient to receive this type of medicine. Legislators removed glaucoma – citing better pharmaceutical options – and narrowed “arthritis” specifically to down to just “rheumatoid arthritis.”

Please note that in order to become registered as a New York medical marijuana patient, you must first possess a document-driven condition that has been clearly outlined by the New York State Department of Health’s list of qualifying conditions (via the Compassionate Care Act). Medical conditions that may be alleviated by the use of therapeutic cannabis are listed below. Additionally, the health commissioner may also add or delete conditions and must decide whether to add Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, PTSD, and rheumatoid arthritis within 18 months of the law’s effective date.

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How To Become A Medical Marijuana Patient In New York

  1. Patients must be a valid citizen residing in the State of New York and can readily provide an authentic form of New York State identification as a proof of residency. If in the event that a patient does not have a valid New York I.D. card, there is the potential that the state will accept a U.S. passport or another other form of photo identification that features the patient’s proof of residency on it. Examples of possible forms of identification may include a bank statement or even a utility bill.

  2. Patients are required to obtain medical records or legitimate health documentation that outlines a specific medical diagnosis. A patient’s health records are an extremely important component of this process and should be transferred over to the recommending doctor's office prior to a patient's first visit. If in the event a patient wishes to learn how to request medical documentation, they can check out our detailed step-by-step process.

  3. Patients must also obtain a written certification from a healthcare practitioner that is licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana in the State of New York. Patients must also take into consideration that establishing a long-standing and bona fide relationship with the recommending physician is an essential factor in determining if alternative medicine is the right treatment option.

  4. Please note that in order for a patient to become fully approved into the state’s medical marijuana program, an application for a New York medical marijuana card must be filled-out and submitted to the appropriate state authority. This is the final process before the actual obtaining of the card. Once a patient has received their New York medical marijuana card or temporary authorization, they are then able to find a legitimate safe-access source. 

New York Qualifying Marijuana Patient Conditions

According to Assembly Bill 6357 a serious conditions means having one of the following severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions: 

Cancerpositive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Amyotrophic  Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosisdamage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD), neuropathies and Huntington's Disease

Patients could also 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 its treatment: cachexia or wasting syndromesevere or chronic pain, severe nauseaseizuressevere or persistent muscle spasms or such conditions as added by the Commissioner.