Prior to meeting with a practitioner patients are screened for qualification in accordance with the rules of the Compassionate Care Act. Patients deemed eligible will receive guidance regarding required documentation of their condition and evidence of New York State residency. At this point an appointment will be scheduled with one of our practitioners.

During the evaluation your practitioner will conduct a discussion of your reasons for wanting to medicate with cannabis and a review of your medical history. This typically takes 20 - 30 minutes. If your physician decides medical cannabis will help your condition, s/he will discuss risks and benefits as well as provide guidance regarding which products and doses will be most beneficial to your particular condition(s), symptom(s) and lifestyle, plus information regarding the available dispensaries. At this point you will receive a signed certification. With this certification you can go online and obtain your Medical Marijuana Card.

  • Will I be on a government list?

    • No. The record of your certification is protected under federal law through HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), just like your medical documents.
  • Can I get a renewal?

    • Yes. If you have been seen by one of our Doctors or Nurse Practitioners we can schedule an appointment for a renewal. 

  • Can I get a renewal if I've been certified by a Doctor not in your practice? 

    • No. If you have been certified by a Doctor who is not in our practice, you will have to have that certificate cancelled and then we can begin the process for a new certificate. 

  • Where is my certification valid?

    • Certifications are valid at all dispensaries in New York State.

  • What conditions can marijuana be used to treat?

    • There are 11 qualifying conditions in the state New York. 
      • ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
      • Cancer
      • Chronic Pain 
      • Epilepsy
      • HIV
      • Huntington's Disease
      • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
      • Intractable spasticity due to spinal cord damage
      • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
      • Neuropathies
      • Parkinson's Disease
  • What do I need to book an appointment?

    • Before your appointment you will need to have Medical documents from a New York State physician stating your diagnoses (one of the 11 qualifying conditions) along with proof of New York State residence. Proof of residency are as listed: 
  1.  A New York State Driver’s License or New York State Identification Card. *(Please note: NYCID is not an acceptable form of identification.)
  2.  A copy of a utility bill (i.e: Electricity Bill, Cable Bill, Internet Bill) indicating an applicant’s current residency and must contain applicants name and address listed. The bills should back track two months.
  3.  A copy of current lease indicating an applicant’s residency within New York State.
  • May I register a minor?

    • Yes. If the applicant is under the age of eighteen, a copy of their birth certificate should be submitted. Additionally the parent or legal guardian applying on behalf of the applicant will submit a copy of their state or government issued identification.