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5 Requirements for Patient Access
Contact Your health care provider
Contact your practitioner to see if Medical Cannabis may help. Practitioners must be registered with DOH in order to issue you a certification.
Obtain patient certification from a registered practitioner if appropriate for your condition.
Login in to NY DOH to create your account and complete a Health Application in the Medical Cannabis Management System. Your ID card will arrive in the mail in a few days after registration.
Designate a Caregiver
Patients can designate up to two caregivers when they register. Designated caregivers must then register by following the same process as the patient (steps 1, 2 & 3). An ID Card will arrive in the mail in a few days after
Bring your ID card and written recommendation from your healthcare provider to any licensed dispensing facility of your choice in the state of New York. Visit NY DOH for a list of licensed dispensaries in New York.
New Yorks State
The New York State Medical Cannabis Program has approved the use of cannabis for patients with the following severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions:*
- HIV Infection or AIDS
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injury with Spasticity
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Chronic Pain (as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a)(8)(xi))
- Pain that degrades health and functional capability as an
alternative to opioid use or substance use disorder.
Clinically Associated Conditions, Symptoms or Complications:
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Severe or Chronic Pain
- Severe Nausea
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms
- Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD)
- Opioid Use Disorder
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