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Phone: 1-716-957-0143
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New York State Certification Requirements 

Only patients with one of the following severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions may qualify for the Medical Marijuana Program: cancer, 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, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, chronic pain as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a)(8)(xi), post-traumatic stress disorder or Huntington's disease or any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed (provided that the precise underlying condition is expressly stated on the patient’s certification). Patients must also have one of the following associated or complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms, PTSD or opioid use disorder (only if enrolled in a treatment program certified pursuant to Article 32 of the Mental Hygiene Law).

Patients must first be certified by a registered practitioner
Once certified, patients must login to https://my.ny.gov/. Patients who do not have an NY.gov account will need to click the "Don't have an Account?" button to create a personal NY.gov ID first. For step-by-steps instructions on how to create a My.NY.gov account, click here for instructions.

Click the "Health Applications" icon, and then click the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System" link to register For step-by-step instructions on how to register as a patient or caregiver, select the "HELP" link within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System or click here for instructions.

Patients will be required to provide proof of their identity and residency during the application process. Click here for additional information regarding required documentation.
Pursuant to the Compassionate Care Act there is a $50 application fee; Click here to find out more about how 

Patients may designate up to two caregivers during the registration process. After the patient's registration is processed, the designated caregiver(s) must then register with the Department using the same online system described in number 2 above.
Once a patient or caregiver’s registration is approved, the Department will issue a temporary registry identification card through the My.NY.gov account which may be used in conjunction with a government-issued photo identification to purchase approved medical marijuana products while the patient/caregiver awaits his/her registry identification card (ID card) in the mail. Registrations expire when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires. Patient and caregivers must re-register each time a new certification number is issued.
Patients must bring their registry ID cards and their certifications to a registered organization's dispensing facility in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products. Designated caregivers obtaining medical marijuana on behalf of their patients must bring their caregiver registry identification cards and their patients' certifications to the dispensing facility.

1. What do I do after I receive a certification from my registered practitioner?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

2. May I register on behalf of a minor or person who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment?
Yes. If the applicant for a registry identification card is under the age of eighteen (18) or a person who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment, the application must be submitted by an appropriate person over twenty-one (21) years of age. The applicant must designate at least one, and up to two, caregivers who must be among the following: (i) a parent or legal guardian of the certified patient; (ii) a person designated by a parent or legal guardian; or (iii) an appropriate person approved by the Department upon a sufficient showing that no parent or legal guardian is available or appropriate.

3. How do I register with the program as a caregiver?
A patient who is registered with the program must first designate you as a caregiver during the patient registration process. After the patient's registration has been approved by the Department, the caregiver(s) must register with the Department. The patient will have access to instructions for caregiver registration. To register with the Department as a designated caregiver, you must be a resident of New York State and have a valid New York State Driver's License or New York State Non-Driver ID card.

4. Do I have to pay to register as a patient or as a caregiver?
There is a non-refundable application fee of fifty dollars ($50) that the Department is currently waiving for all patients and their designated caregivers. Simply select "Bill Me Later" when registering and the application fee will be waived.

5. When can I expect my registry identification card to arrive?
Once the application to register has been submitted successfully and approved, please allow approximately seven business days to receive your Patient or Caregiver Registry ID Card. Once you have received your registry ID card you may visit a Registered Organization's dispensing facility to obtain medical marijuana products. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizations

6. Can I still register if a practitioner will not provide a certification?
No, a patient may not register without a certification from a registered practitioner

IF you are currently on multiple OPIOIDS, please be advised that you would need to make an an attempt to titrate down with goal of eventually weaning off of these medications once starting Medicinal Cannabis or your medical card can be revoked by practitioner at any time.
-NY Compassionate Care Act
Click here for Certification and Renewal Fees/Prices
​​What happens after I receive my Certification?​​​​

1. Nurse Practitioner will send you a PDF form via Email
2. You will then apply on NY State DOH Website
3. Register online at https://my.ny.gov/.




  

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