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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Once I receive my certification and get my card from the state, where can I purchase medical cannabis in New York State?

How did the New York State Department of Health Commissioner determine prices for medical marijuana products?

Registered Organizations submitted to the department their costs to manufacture, market and distribute products, and to certify that the information provided was accurate, complete, and current. The Commissioner then determined the reasonableness of the proposed prices and approved them as the maximum price-per-dose each Registered Organization may charge.

How will the Department of Health ensure the quality of the products produced by the Registered Organizations?

The department requires independent laboratory testing for every brand of products 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).

Can I use my out-of-state marijuana identification card to purchase medical marijuana in New York state?

No. Only certified patients with a New York state Registry Identification Card may purchase approved medical marijuana products in New York state.

What if I need assistance obtaining medical marijuana from a dispensing facility because of my condition?

During the patient registrations process, a certified patient may designate up to two (2) caregivers who may obtain medical marijuana products on his or her behalf. After the patient’s application for registration is approved, the designated caregiver(s) must also register with the Department of Health. Detailed information in designating and becoming a caregiver is available here: Information for Patients

Registered Organizations may also offer a delivery service. Please contact the Registered Organizations in your area directly to determine if delivery services are offered in your area.

What should I do with expired/unwanted medical marijuana products?

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.

Will patients who are unable to go to a dispensing facility be able to have the product delivered to them?

Patients who are unable to go to dispensing facilities should designate a caregiver who can go for them. In addition, Registered Organizations are permitted to offer delivery services to patients and designated caregivers to help expand access to those who are unable to travel to a dispensing facility. Please check with the Registered Organizations to determine whether they provide delivery services in your area.

When are dispensing facilities open?

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. Please note, however, that to control operating expenses that affect the prices of their products, Registered Organizations may limit hours of operation or require an appointment to purchase medical marijuana.

Will every dispensing facility sell the same types of Medical Marijuana?

No, there are only two New York state-mandated products for Medical Marijuana (one with an equal ratio of THC to CBD, and one with a low-THC to high-CBD ratio) that must be offered by each Registered Organization. Each Registered Organization will also offer other products that have varying ratios of THC to CBD.

A variety of products are currently available to patients. Additional products will be offered over time.

Which dispensing facility may I use?

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

Where can I find basic information about each Registered Organization?

Please visit the following link for information, including links to the Registered Organizations’ website: Registered Organizations

Can I still register if a practitioner will not provide a certification?

No, a patient may not register without a certification from a registered practitioner.

When can I expect my registry identification card to arrive?

Once the application to register has been submitted successfully and approved, please allow approximately seven business days to receive your Patient or Caregiver Registry ID card. Once you have received your Registry ID Card you may visit a Registered Organization’s dispensing facility to obtain medical marijuana products. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizations

Do I have to pay to register as a patient or caregiver?

There is a non-refundable application fee of fifty dollars ($50) that the department is currently waiving for all patients and their designated caregivers. Simply select “Bill Me Later” when registering and the application fee will be waived.

How do I register with the program as a caregiver?

A patient who is registered with the program must first designate you as a caregiver during the patient registration process. After the patient’s registration has been approved by the Department of Health, the caregiver(s) must register with the department as well. The patient will have access to instructions for caregiver registration. To register with the department as a designated caregiver, you must be a resident of New York state and have a valid New York state Driver’s License or New York state Non-Driver ID.

What do I do after I receive a certification from my registered practitioner?

Once you possess a certification from a registered practitioner, you must register with the Medical Marijuana Program through the Department of Health’s online Patient Registration system. You can find detailed instructions on the registration process, including how to register on behalf of a minor or an individual who is otherwise incapable of consenting to medical treatment, by visiting: Information for Patients

After your registration is processed, you will be issued a Registry Identification Card. Once you have received your Registry Identification Card, you may visit a dispensing facility to obtain medical marijuana products. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here: Registered Organizations

What should I do if the approved medical marijuana product is not helping me?

Connect with your certifying practitioner to determine if a change in product, dosage, or discontinuation of a product is appropriate for you. If you require assistance in connecting with your Dr.Weedy practitioner, please reach out to our support team by email at support@dr-weedy.com, or via live-chat daily from 11am to 1am EST.

What forms and dosage amounts of medical marijuana are allowed?

The Commissioner must approve any form of medical marijuana. Approved forms include liquids and oil for vaporization or administration via inhaler as well as capsules to take orally. Under the law, smoking is not permitted and the regulations prohibit ediles. .

The patient’s vertifying practitioner must include the following information on the patient’s certification: the authorized brand and form of the approved medical marijuana product, the administration method, and any limitations on the use of approved medical marijuana product. If a practitioner has a recommendation regarding dosage, it should also be included on the certification, although a recommendation on dosage is not required. Moreover, the total amount of product that may be dispensed may not exceed a thirty-day supply.

May additional conditions be added to the list of conditions eligible for medical marijuana?

Yes, the Commissioner of Health may add other conditions to the list. In fact, the Commissioner of Health recently made a determination to add chronic pain as a serious condition. Effective March 22, 2017, patients with “any severe debilitating pain that a practitioner determines degrades health and functional capability; where the patient has contraindications, has experienced intolerable side effects, or has experienced failure of one or more previously tried therapeutic options” may qualify for medical marijuana, so long as “there is documented medical evidence of such pain having lasted three months or more beyond onset, or the practitioner reasonably anticipates such pain to last three months or more beyond onset.”

In addition, scientists and physicians at the Department of Health have analyzed more than 2 dozen scientific studies on Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis. They also sought input from medical professionals and associations. Despite these comprehensive reviews, there is not enough scientific evidence at this time to support the inclusion of these additional conditions to the Medical Marijuana Program. However, the Commissioner has not stopped his review, and will evaluate new scientific evidence as soon as it becomes available. If sufficient scientific evidence becomes available to support the determination that medical marijuana will provide relief to patients suffering from any additional conditions, including these four, the Commissioner will act quickly to add them to the list of qualifying conditions.

What is the first step to obtaining medical marijuana?

The first step is speaking with your treating practitioner about whether the medical use of marijuana is appropriate for your condition. If your practitioner determines it is an appropriate treatment for you and he or she is registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program, he or she may issue you a certification for medical marijuana.

What conditions make me eligible to obtain medical marijuana in New York?

As per Assembly Bill 6357, patients diagnosed with one of the following medical conditions are considered eligible for medical marijuana: Cancer, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), 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(IBD), ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, neuropathies and Huntington’s Disease, chronic pain (as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a)(8)(xi)), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

What is your refund policy?

We will provide a full refund within 30 days if you are not satisfied with your purchase. Please send an email to support@dr-weedy.com with the subject “Refund Request” and a brief description of your problem. We want to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase as you, our customer, are the most important person to us. When you request the refund, we will be required to deactivate your certification and you will not be able to use your certification legally at any dispensary in New York as it will show up as invalid. Once a refund has been initiated, it will take up to 3-5 business days to show back up on the original card you used to make the transaction. Also, keep in mind that we will not be able to issue a refund on the applicable $50 registration fee through the New York Department of Health website.

How much is the cost?

The New York medical marijuana certification from Dr.Weedy costs $199. The cost of the evaluation is also covered within this fee. Registering with the New York DOH typically carries an application fee of $50, but the department is currently waiving this fee for all patients and their designated caregivers. Simply select “Bill Me Later” when registering and the application fee will be waived.

Can I get a med card without a New York ID?

You will need to possess a valid New York state ID or driver’s license to apply for a medical card in New York. If you do not possess a New York state ID, you will instead need to be able to produce proof of residency within New York along with your out-of-state U.S. photo ID.

Will I be on a government list?

Yes. Once you receive a certification from DrWeedy , you will need to register with the New York Department of Health (DOH) to be a valid medical marijuana patient recognized by the state of New York.

Can I get a certification from my primary physician, even if they aren’t registered with the state program?

No, you must receive your certification from a New York registered practitioner.

How can I find a registered doctor?

Until now, this process was time-consuming and difficult as most registered practitioners do not have their contact information available to the public. Now Dr.Weedy lets you skip the search process and connect with a New York registered practitioner live via online video chat.

Does New York State provide a discounted program for certified patients who cannot afford medical marijuana products?

The Compassionate Care Act does not mandate a discounted medical marijuana product pricing program, but allows Registered Organizations to provide discounted products. Some registered Organizations may offer reduced prices for qualifying certified patients.

Where may patients find prices of medical marijuana products?

Patients should contact Registered Organizations directly to obtain final prices, taking into account the dosing recommendations of their practitioner. The total amount a patient pays depends upon a patient’s individual dosing needs and the resultant total quantity purchased.

Will medical marijuana product prices change?

The department’s approved prices are in effect for the entire period of the Registered Organization’s registration. Registered Organizations may charge less than the approved prices, so the prices may vary. At the conclusion of the first year of the registration period, or beforehand based on documented exceptional circumstances, the Registered Organizations may request a price modification. In addition, if a Registered Organization adds a new product, it must submit revised production costs and other relevant data, along with the proposed price for the new product(s) to the Department for review and approval.

Are prices for medical marijuana products the same at all of the Registered Organizations?

No, prices vary among Registered Organizations.

How did the New York State Department of Health Commissioner determine prices for medical marijuana products?

Registered Organizations submitted to the Department their costs to manufacture, market and distribute products, and to certify that the information provided was accurate, complete, and current. The Commissioner then determined the reasonableness of the proposed prices and approved them as the maximum price-per-dose each Registered Organization may charge.

How much medical marijuana can I get at a time?

Registered Organizations may dispense up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products to a certified patient or designated caregiver, pursuant to any recommendation 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.

What conditions make me eligible to obtain medical marijuana in New York?

As per Assembly Bill 6357, patients diagnosed with one of the following conditions may medical conditions are considered eligible for medical marijuana: Cancer, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), 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(IBD), ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, neuropathies and Huntington’s Disease, chronic pain, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)