2016 New York’s medical marijuana program is now active – Details Here. 2-1-2016
The current program has some issues, immediate ones in the way the program has been released as well as long term ones with the statute itself.
Limited Access to Doctors
Under the law, before doctors can recommend medical marijuana to patients, they must complete a $249 four-hour course on the drug and then register with the Health Department. As of February 1st, only 306 physicians have registered. The Health Department maintains no public registry of doctors certified to recommend medical marijuana, making it difficult for potential patients to find doctors who might certify them to purchase it. 465 patients have been certified by the department to buy medical marijuana as of February 1st.
As doctors become available & known, they can be found on on our NY Marijuana Doctor & Clinics Pages.
The Health Department has agreed to make the list of certified physicians available to patients.
Limited NY Dispensary Locations
Eight dispensaries opened January 7, and another dozen are envisioned under the June 2014 medical marijuana law. With only 20 dispensaries, large areas of the state will remain without access.
No Personal Cultivation
Independent growing by patients is not allowed.
Must Have a Specified Qualifying Medical Conditions
The state law allows medical marijuana for a list of specified medical conditions. You are potentially eligible for medical marijuana if you have been diagnosed with a specific severe, debilitating or life threatening condition that is accompanied by an associated or complicating condition. By law, those conditions are: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, and Huntington’s disease. The associated or complicating conditions are cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms. Additional conditions to be included such as PTSD are being fought over today.
Limited Forms of Ingestion
The law bans the sale of marijuana to be smoked. New York joins Minnesota as the two medical marijuana states that ban smoking; 21 others do not. The state will allow oils and capsules that can be administered orally, and liquid forms of marijuana may also be vaporized.
Limited Types of Strains
The law provides for five producers, and each producer can grow five strains.
Find Medical Marijuana in New York – Dec 1, 2015
The New York weed maps on New York Dispensaries will not have dots on the map until weed is legal in the state of New York. When marijuana as recreational or medical marijuana is legalized in New York a sigh of happy relief will be brought to the majority of New Yorkers. As marijuana treats mental health issues along with a growing list of aliments, it will not be long before weed is legal in places like Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Buffalo and NYC. One veteran said when asked if medical marijuana helped his PTSD, the reply was “Weed is a miracle for PTSD, sometimes I think I smoke a lot, then it occurred to me that I haven’t wanted to hit anyone in 6 months.”
NY Medical Cannabis Cards are not currently available with weed not being legalized here yet. As the New York medical marijuana program progresses the news, details as well as info regarding how to get a New York (MMJ) Medical Marijuana card will be posted on New York Dispensaries. Check back or drop us an email to be kept up to date on New York medical marijuana. One day soon there will be dots on the New York weed maps found on New York Dispensaries.