Although New York took about 20 years longer than California to pass medical cannabis laws, the state’s program will likely be closely watched by lawmakers across the country as they consider new medical and recreational cannabis initiatives this year.
Here are 6 things to know about marijuana in the Empire State:
- You must have a qualifying condition, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, MS, spinal cord injury or one of a few others that are approved.
- New York has one of the strictest programs in the county and only permits non-smokable forms of cannabis, including oils and capsules that can be administered orally. Liquid forms of cannabis may be vaporized.
- Patients need to be qualified with a physician that is registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program. Only these doctors can issue a medical marijuana certification
- Doctors must take a required online course before they can issue certifications to patients.
- After gaining a doctor certification, patients must register online with the state. After registration, you will receive an Identification Card which you can use to purchase medical cannabis at a state licensed dispensary.
- There are only 5 organizations that are registered to cultivate and dispense medical cannabis in New York. These five organizations both grow and sell the cannabis. There are 20 locations throughout the state that are expected to eventually open, but only 8 within the near future.
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