Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana In New York?


When New York decriminalized cannabis in 2019, it opened the door to many people with different health conditions to use medical marijuana to treat their ailments. Since then, both recreational and medicinal cannabis have been legalized in the state. But for those with qualifying conditions, getting a medical marijuana card can be a daunting task.

There are several important steps that must be taken in order to obtain a card in the state. First of all, you need to have a confirmed condition that will be treated differently with your primary care practitioner. You will then need to speak to your doctor about medical marijuana and how it might benefit you. From there, you’ll need to qualify and apply for all the required documentation. While this may seem like a tedious process, it might be worth it for those with certain conditions.

Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana In New York?

As mentioned above, there is a set group of doctors you can see to get approval for a medical marijuana card. Not all appointments need to be face-to-face; In fact, it is possible to obtain a medical marijuana card through an online application at MMJ Recs.

The types of medical professionals who can approve a medical marijuana application include:

General PractitionersOncologistsNeurologistsPsychiatristsSpecialists in internal medicine, pain management, infectious diseases and emergency careRheumatologists

Requirements for health insurance in NY

The requirements for a health insurance card vary from state to state. When it comes to New York State, their list is clearly defined and consists of several different health disorders. The conditions considered for a medical marijuana card are usually severe, debilitating, or potentially life threatening.

Requirements for medical marijuana in New York are:

CancerHIV or AIDSAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Parkinson’s diseaseMultiple sclerosisA spasticity injuryEpilepsyInflammatory bowel diseaseNeuropathyHuntington’s diseasePost-traumatic stress disorderChronic pain that disrupts daily life and functional disorders (medical opioid as an alternative treatment to drug abuse) in this case of drug abuse

These conditions must severely affect a person’s ability to participate in typical daily activities and may be accompanied by certain conditions, such as:

Cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome Severe or chronic pain making everyday life difficult Severe nausea, causing a person to be unable to eat all day

How do I get a health card in New York?

To get a medical marijuana card in New York, you must see a doctor who is registered with the medical marijuana program and who has agreed to have his or her name listed publicly. Once you find such a doctor, in order to receive medical marijuana, you must be certified based on your symptoms and condition. Once certified, you will need to register with New York State and create an account on their website.

During the registration process, you may want to include two people as carers on your application. This gives these caregivers the opportunity to obtain a health card on your behalf. If one or more caregivers are listed, they must register with the state along with the patient.

After registration, you or your supervisor will be assigned a provisional registration number that you can use with an official ID. This government ID must have a photo to be eligible. With your temporary number and photo ID, you can then go to any licensed medical marijuana pharmacy and purchase cannabis products. The card must be brought with you every time you visit the pharmacy in order to gain access to medical marijuana products. Whenever you have MMJ products with you, you must also have the card with you.

How much does a medical marijuana card cost in New York?

To get a medical marijuana card in New York, you must pay a $ 50 registration fee. This fee covers the costs associated with the application. At the time of writing, the Compassionate Care Act will waive the $ 50 registration fee for all patients and their caregivers.

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Beth Edmonds