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DO I QUALIFY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
You are potentially eligible for medical marijuana if you have been diagnosed with one or more of the severe debilitating or life threatening conditions listed below. The severe debilitating or life threatening condition must also be accompanied by one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms.
Once you possess a certification from a registered practitioner, you must register with the Medical Marijuana program through the Department's online Patient Registration System. You can find detailed instructions on the registration process, including how to register on behalf of a minor or an individual who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment, by visiting: Information for Patients.
After your registration is processed, you will be issued a Registry Identification Card. Once you have received your registry identification card, you may visit a dispensing facility to obtain medical marijuana products. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizations
Only patients with one of the following severe, debilitating or life threatening conditions may qualify for the Medical Marijuana Program:
- Positive Status for HIV or AIDS
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Chronic Pain as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a (8)(xi)
- Huntington Disease
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; If you suffer from PTSD, you must have a written diagnosis from a psychiatrist or psychologist prior to your appointment. The attending physician cannot diagnose mental conditions.
Patients must also have one of the following associated or complicating conditions:
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Severe or Chronic Pain
- Severe Nausea
- Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms
New York State Department of Health has published the following web link as information available to the public:
Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing their qualifying diagnosis.