What Medical Conditions Qualify For Medical Marijuana In New York
What conditions qualify for a medical cannabis card? Learn from this article.
If you’re interested in obtaining cannabis for medicinal purposes in New York, you’re probably curious about New York medical marijuana qualifying conditions and how to obtain a cannabis card.
New York’s Department of Health outlines a specific list of conditions that make people eligible for a marijuana card in the state. These conditions include,
“cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, 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.”
Additionally, the New York Department of Health requires the life-threatening or severely debilitation condition to be in conjunction with cachexia/wasting syndrome, pain that’s severe or chronic, severe nausea, seizures, or muscle spasms, PTSD, or the use of opioids.
The Department of Health routinely reviews additional potential qualifying conditions and adds them to the eligibility program on an ongoing basis.
Those interested in an MMJ card must complete a variety of other steps besides qualifying medically. In order to participate in the state’s marijuana program, people must be able to furnish documentation that establishes current residence in New York. Acceptable proof includes a state driver’s license, a government-issued ID card, or copies of a bill or document that establishes residency in New York.
The state’s Department of Health requires those who can establish residency and have a qualifying medical condition to work with a state-registered practitioner to receive a patient certification.
When speaking with a qualified medical professional, people should be open and honest about their health and be able to clearly articulate why access to medical marijuana would be a benefit.
The New York Department of Health offers an online portal to help people search for a properly registered practitioner who maintains the ability to provide certification. Doctors and nurses who are interested in becoming state-registered can work with authorities to sign up for the program.
After obtaining certification, patients are required to create an account on My.NY.gov and follow the step-by-step instructions to designate caregivers, pay fees, and input information. After approval, the Department of Health will issue a temporary, and then a permanent registration card via mail that people can use in a registered cannabis dispensary (along with their certification document) to buy medical marijuana.
Those in New York State should note they must always carry their registration card when carrying medical cannabis. The state will not accept registration cards that are issued out of state, and marijuana products are not permitted to be transported out of the state.
Medical marijuana has transformed countless lives since each human body comes equipped with an endocannabinoid system. Research suggests it is an effective tool to treat a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, and even nausea and diabetes. Those interested in obtaining medical marijuana must carefully follow New York state-sanctioned process and receive proper certification from a licensed medical professional, establish proof of residency in the state, and have a qualifying medical condition.