New York Medical Marijuana Card Application
New York Medical Marijuana Card Application
New York Medical Marijuana Card Patient Information
New York Resident Patients can now apply online to register for the New York Medical Marijuana Program.
To begin the process, patients must be certified for the medical use of marijuana by a physician who has taken an online course and registered with the program. After receiving the certification from their physician, patients must apply online for registration with the Department. Soon after registering online, patients will receive a registry identification card (ID card) in the mail. Certified patients must show the ID card when they buy medical marijuana at a dispensing facility.
Medical marijuana will become available at the dispensing facilities of registered organizations in New York State in 2016. Information about registered organizations in New York State can be found by clicking here.
The flowchart below illustrates the process for patients.
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, or Huntington’s disease. 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.
Please talk to your physician about whether medical marijuana may help you.
- Patients must first have a certification from their physician, who must be registered with the Department.
- Certified patients will submit their application for registration using the Department’s online system that is accessed through NY.gov. Patients who do not have a NY.gov account will need to visit https://my.ny.gov/ and click the “Don’t have an Account?” button to create a personal NY.gov ID first. Patients with a NY.gov account will login to https://my.ny.gov/, click the “Health Applications” icon, and then click the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” link to register.
- There is a $50 application fee pursuant to Public Health Law § 3363(2)(f). This fee will be billed to you at a later date, unless you obtain a waiver for financial hardship.
- Patients will be required to provide proof of their identity and residency during the application process. Click here for additional information regarding required documentation.
- Patients may designate up to two caregivers during the registration process. After the patient’s application is approved, the designated caregiver(s) must then register with the Department.
- Patient registration expires when the certification that was issued by the practitioner expires.
- The registry ID card will be mailed to the certified patient after the application is approved.
- Patients must have the registry ID card and their certification in order to purchase approved medical marijuana products, as recommended by their certifying physician, from a registered organization’s dispensing facility.
- Patients must always carry their registry ID card whenever they possess approved medical marijuana products.
- No one may transport medical marijuana products outside of New York State.
- New York State does not accept certifications or registry ID cards from other states.
- A certified patient or designated caregiver who has been issued a registry ID card shall notify the Medical Marijuana Program of any change in his or her name, address, or if he or she no longer has the serious condition noted on the card within ten (10) business days of such change.
New York Medical Marijuana Doctor Information
As set forth in 10 NYCRR §1004.1(a), practitioners seeking to issue certifications for their patients to receive medical marijuana products must meet the following criteria:
- Be qualified to treat patients with one or more of the serious conditions set forth in subdivision seven of section thirty-three hundred sixty of the public health law or as added by the Commissioner. The law currently identifies the following severe, debilitating or life threatening conditions: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, and Huntington’s disease. 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;
- Be licensed, in good standing as a physician and practicing medicine, as defined in article one hundred thirty one of the Education Law, in New York State;
- Have completed a four-hour course approved by the Commissioner; and
- Have registered with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
New York Medical Marijuana Doctor Education
The four-hour NYSDOH approved course is provided by TheAnswerPage, an established online medical education site, and includes the following topics: the pharmacology of marijuana; contraindications; side effects; adverse reactions; overdose prevention; drug interactions; dosing; routes of administration; risks and benefits; warnings and precautions; and abuse and dependence. The online course will cost $249 to take. Successful completion of the course will provide 4.5 hours of CME credits. The course may be accessed through the following link: http://www.theanswerpage.com/new-york-state-practitioner-education-medical-use-marijuana.
New York Medical Marijuana Doctor Registration
Following successful completion of the NYSDOH approved course, and upon full compliance with the other requirements set forth in 10 NYCRR §1004.1(a), practitioners may register with the NYSDOH Medical Marijuana Program. To begin the registration process, practitioners must e-mail the course completion certificate (in PDF format) to NYSDOH at email@example.com along with the practitioner’s state license number and Health Commerce System (HCS) User ID. Upon validation of the information provided, NYSDOH will send an e-mail confirmation to the practitioner containing a link that will authorize the practitioner to register.
New York Medical Marijuana Patient Certification
Practitioners who have completed the registration process will have access to the Medical Marijuana Data Management System, located within the Health Commerce System (HCS), to issue certifications to qualifying patients. NYSDOH will provide instructions for accessing this system directly to practitioners who have completed the practitioner registration process.
Registered practitioners must consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) registry prior to issuing certifications to patients. The PMP registry contains controlled substance prescription dispensing history and medical marijuana dispensing history. Instructions on how to access the PMP registry can be found here: http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/narcotic/prescription_monitoring/online_notification_program/
Information regarding the process for patient registration is available on the following page: Information for Patients.
New York Medical Marijuana Registered Practitioners
Physicians seeking a registered practitioner, as well as those nurse practitioners and licensed health care providers who treat the specified diseases and conditions, may identify registered practitioners who consented to be listed, with their specialties, in the Medical Marijuana Data Management System located online within the Department’s Health Commerce System (HCS). A patient’s treating practitioner can make a referral if warranted. Instructions for accessing the list are included below.
- Log in to the Health Commerce System (HCS) at https://commerce.health.state.ny.us/
- If MMDMS is not listed in theMy Applications Menu, select All Applications from the MyContent dropdown menu, click the M tab, find the MMDMS application in the list, and click the green and white “+” icon in the Add/Remove column to add the MMDMS application.
- Select the Medical Marijuana Data Management System (MMDMS) from theMy Applications
- On the Practitioner Portal, select the “Search Registered Practitioners” button.
Application to Become a Registered New York Medical Marijuana Dispensary
The State Department of Health (DOH) received 43 applications from businesses interested in becoming registered organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act. The law provides for the initial registration of up to five organizations in New York State and allows the Commissioner to register additional organizations in the future. Each registered organization may operate up to four dispensing facilities statewide, for an initial total of up to 20 geographically-dispersed dispensing facilities. The application forms, including instructions with the timeline for the registration process, are posted below.
New York Medical Marijuana Doctor FAQ
Questions concerning the Application for Registration as a Registered Organization or the application process were due to the Department by May 5, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. The Department evaluated the questions it received by the deadline. The questions and the Department’s answers can be viewed by clicking on the link below.