What are the Qualifying Conditions of Medical Marijuana in New York

What are the Qualifying Conditions of Medical Marijuana in New York

To be eligible for medical cannabis in NY, you must have a registered cannabis doctor certify that your condition qualifies. A medical marijuana doctor is unlikely to issue you a certificate if your condition is not listed on the qualifying conditions list.  This guide will help you determine if you are eligible for the New York State (NYS), medical marijuana card. Once you get certified, you can buy medical marijuana at any licensed dispensary in New York.How do I qualify for medical marijuana in New York?You may be asking yourself, "How can I get medical marijuana in New York?" If you have met the following requirements, then you will most likely be eligible for medical cannabis in NYC.

  • The minimum age for adult applicants is 18 years old.
  • A parent or legal guardian must be able to apply for minor patients. The caregiver must also be registered by the parent or legal guardian.
  • New York residents must be eligible to apply for patients.
  • New York's medical cards require that patients are diagnosed with one of these qualifying conditions.
  • Final step: Qualifying patients must obtain a New York-based marijuana certification.

What are the conditions that allow NY residents to use medical marijuana?

New York, like most states that have a medical marijuana program, allows patients with certain medical conditions to access cannabis treatment. These conditions can be life-threatening or severely debilitating.New York's marijuana laws also prohibit licensed physicians from certifying patients with illnesses that are not on the list. The law allows for the addition and modification of medical conditions. Since the New York State (NYS) Medical Marijuana Program was established, the number of medical conditions that qualify for a medical card has grown. Here is the complete list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New York,

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Huntington's disease
  • IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Spasticity and spinal cord injury
  • Alternatives to opioid or other substance abuse disorders include pain that is debilitating and affects the ability to function.
  • Patients who are suffering from a life-threatening or severe debilitating condition may also be eligible if they have one or more of these complicating or associated conditions.
  • Cachexia and wasting syndrome
  • PTSD, or opioid use disorder
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms that persist or are severe

What next?

Qualifying patients need to register for the Medical Marijuana Program through their NY.gov accounts. Once you have confirmed that you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for the NYS medical cannabis card.

  1. To receive a recommendation for medical cannabis treatment, you first need to book an appointment with a NY licensed marijuana doctor.
  2. The next step is to register as a qualified patient in the New York State Medical Marijuana Program.
  3. After your registration has been approved, the Department will issue you a temporary registry ID card via the My.NY.gov account. It can be used in conjunction with government-issued photos to purchase approved medical marijuana products at a New York marijuana dispensary.

Required documents for medical marijuana application

The following information will be required of you when applying to the New York Department of Health:

  1. Documentation proving identity. Take, for example:
  2. NY driver's license
  3. NY state identification (Patients don't need to upload a photo of their state ID. The nine (9) digit number that they need to enter in the NYS DMV field on the registration screen is all that's required.)
  4. U.S. Passport
  5. NY registration of motor vehicles
  6. New York residency proof. Take this example:
  7. NY driver's license
  8. Identification in NY
  9. Recently received utility bills
  10. NY registration of motor vehicles
  11. A signed certificate from a NYS licensed practitioner authorized to recommend cannabis treatment.
  12. For minor patients, consent forms for parental or legal guardians.
  13. For patients aged less than 18 years, a birth certificate is required.
  14. Recent photo of the patient, with their head and shoulders facing a plain background. (For those who do not have a photo ID.

The bottom Line

We hope this guide will help you understand the process of registrations for medical marijuana cards in New York. If you want to ask anything or share your experience about New York medical marijuana cards, let us know in the comment section below.