How to Become a NY Medical Marijuana Patient
How Patients Qualify For The NY MMJ Program
- Must be resident of NY or is being treated in NY.
- Must be being treated in NY for the condition for which you are seeking medical marijuana.
- Must be certified by a NY physician who has registered with DOH to recommend medical marijuana. NY MMJ doctors have to complete a 2-4 hour training course and filed paperwork with the DOH.
- Must be under that doctor’s care for the condition for which you are seeking medical marijuana
- Your doctor must believe and be willing to certify that you will receive some therapeutic or palliative benefit from medical marijuana.
- Must have a “serious condition,” as defined by the law.
- Must obtain a registry identification card from the Department of Health (DOH) and carry their NY medical marijuana card at all times that they are in possession of medical marijuana.
NY MMJ Card Patient Process
- Patients apply to DOH to become a certified patient.
- The application must include:
- Date of birth
- Doctor’s certification, which includes a statement that patient has a serious condition and is under doctor’s care for that condition
- Dates for which the certification is valid
- Name, address, Federal registration number, phone number and original signature of practitioner
- Certification expires after one year from the date the doctor signs it, or the doctor can specify an earlier termination date.
- If the patient is terminally ill, as certified by their doctor, the registration doesn’t expire until patient’s death.
- If the patient is under 21, a parent or legal guardian can make the application as the designated caregivers.
- Patients must pay $50 fee which can be reduced or waived if s/he is experiencing financial hardship.
- If the application is approved, DOH will issue the patients registry card that will include any limitations regarding forms or dosage made by the certifying doctor.
New York MMJ Qualifying Conditions
- A serious condition is defined as: “having one of the following severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions: cancer, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication or intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease, or as added by the commissioner; and (ii) any of the following conditions where it is clinically associated with, or a complication of, a condition under this paragraph or its treatment: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe or chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures; severe or persistent muscle spasms; or such conditions as they are added by the commissioner.”
- Conditions that must be considered by the Commissioner for inclusion in 18 months: Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, post-traumatic stress disorder and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Conditions can be added by the Commissioner at any time.