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A lot of people are happy to see that medical marijuana has been approved. However, it’s not easy to get a medical marijuana card. There are many regulations around the approval. Our physicians know these laws and can discuss with you whether or not you qualify for medical marijuana. If you do, they can give you the certification necessary to obtain a medical marijuana card. Here is what you need to know about qualifying for medical marijuana.

There are 11 specific health conditions and one category of “complicating conditions” that qualify for a medical marijuana card. They include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • 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
  • Neuropathies
  • Huntington’s disease
  • The associated or complicating conditions are: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe or persistent muscle spasms.

Once you qualify there is a very specific process for getting a medical marijuana card.

  1. Talk with your AG Urgent Care physician to see if medical marijuana might help you and can certify you.
  2. If the answer is yes, the doctor will give you a signed certification form that you will use to register for an ID card.
  3. Here is an important detail. Physicians must be registered with the NYSDOH to certify you. Check to make sure your physician is registered.
  4. Go to https://MY.NY.gov, click the “Health Applications” icon, click the “Medical Marijuana Data Management System” link to register.
  5. Complete these steps. If you are approved you will be issued a registry ID card.

Now you can visit a Medical Marijuana Dispensing Facility. You MUST bring your certification form and registry ID card with you.

You can find a list of dispensing facility locations here.

How much does a medical marijuana card cost?

The registration application fee to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is $50.00.

How much does the medical marijuana cost?

That depends upon the medical marijuana dispensing facility. You or your caregiver must pay the facility’s price at the time of purchase. Insurance companies are not required to cover medical marijuana.

There is still a lot of controversy over the benefits of medical marijuana. However, 26 states around the country have legalized its use. Proponents say it can relieve the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms (including those related to multiple sclerosis)
  • Involuntary movements
  • Kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of them

Opponents of medical marijuana say it should not be legalized because its medicinal benefits have not been proven and it has dangerous side effects including:

  • Apathy
  • Lost productivity
  • Addictive disease
  • Deterioration in intellectual function
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Psychosis

Politics are not the priority of the physicians at AG Urgent Care – but your health is. First and foremost we care about our patients. If you are suffering with chronic pain or a disease that severely limits your ability to live life fully come talk to us. We care about your health, your well-being, and efficient pain control. If we find that you qualify for medical marijuana, we will make sure you receive the proper certification.

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