Please visit the following link for information, including links to the Registered Organizations' websites: Registered Organizations.
A certified patient may receive medical marijuana products from any dispensing facility of any Registered Organization in New York State. For a list of locations in New York, please visit: Registered Organizations.
No. Please contact the registered organization directly to learn more about the products they have available. Contact information may be found here: Registered Organizations Registered organizations must make available at least one brand that has an equal ratio of THC to CBD, and one brand with a low-THC-high-CBD ratio). Each Registered Organization will also offer other products that have varying ratios of THC to CBD.
The hours of operation for the dispensing facilities vary. Please contact or review the websites of the Registered Organizations for their dispensing facilities' hours of operation by clicking here: Registered Organizations.
Registered Organizations may dispense up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana to a certified patient or designated caregiver, pursuant to any recommendations or limitations made by the practitioner on the certification. Registered Organizations report their medical marijuana dispensing to the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database, so that prescribers may review their patients' controlled substance histories and make informed treatment decisions.
Work with your certifying practitioner or a dispensing facility pharmacist to determine if a change in product, change in dose, or discontinuation of the product is appropriate.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. If you believe you are experiencing an adverse event that is not life-threatening from the approved medical marijuana product, contact your practitioner.
Certified patients or their designated caregivers should dispose of expired or unwanted medical marijuana products by adding water to the medical marijuana and then dirt, coffee grounds, ashes or another undesirable substance, prior to disposal in the trash, to avoid accidental or intentional misuse of the product.
During the patient registration process, a certified patient may designate up to two (2) caregivers who may obtain medical marijuana on his or her behalf. After the patient's application for registration is approved, the designated caregiver(s) must also register with the Department. Detailed information on designating and becoming a caregiver is available here: Information for Patients.
Registered organizations may also offer a delivery service. Please contact the registered organizations directly to determine if delivery services are offered in your area.
No. Only certified patients with a New York State registry identification card may purchase approved medical marijuana products in New York State.
The Department requires independent laboratory testing for every brand of product to be tested for any contaminants and to ensure product consistency. The Department's Wadsworth Center Laboratory will perform initial testing and analysis of final medical marijuana products until independent laboratories receive certification from the New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP).
The regulations do not require a patient to try opioids first. Any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed qualifies as a condition to receive medical marijuana. The patient must be certified by a registered practitioner for this new qualifying condition and register with the New York State Department of Health to obtain a registry ID card in order to purchase medical marijuana products.
Yes. Patients have the option to use medical marijuana instead of, or in conjunction with, opioids for post-operative pain management. Patients must be certified by a registered practitioner and registered with the New York State Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Program. Patients may wish to check with the facility where the surgery will be performed regarding their policies and procedures as it relates to use of medical marijuana while in the facility.
There is no regulation that prohibits the concurrent use of opioids and medical marijuana. The decision of appropriate therapy will be at the discretion of the registered practitioner certifying the patient.