Medical cannabis in New York

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Medical cannabis

Medical use

Which medical conditions qualify for treatment with cannabis products? What other rules and restrictions govern medical use of cannabis (eg, dosage limits)?

Only severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions qualify for treatment with cannabis products. These include:

  • cancer;
  • HIV or AIDS;
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,
  • Parkinson’s disease;
  • Huntington disease;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with an objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity;
  • epilepsy;
  • inflammatory bowel disease;
  • post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • neuropathy or chronic pain; or,
  • any condition for which an opioid can be prescribed.

Physician licensing

What licensing requirements apply for physicians seeking to prescribe cannabis products to patients?

Physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants can become registered after completing a two-to-four-hour training course with the Department of Health.

Only a 30-day supply can be issued at present. Those qualified to certify can waive the requirement to be listed on a

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