New York State Department Of Health Announces Launch Of Medical Marijuana Patient Certification And Registration System

December 23, 2015

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) today announced the launch of its online Medical Marijuana Patient Certification and Registration System. Today’s system launch allows qualified New York patients to enroll in the Medical Marijuana Program so they will be able to purchase medical marijuana when it becomes available in January 2016. 

“The launch of the State’s Medical Marijuana Patient Certification and Registration System marks the achievement of another milestone toward providing relief to all New Yorkers who may benefit from medical marijuana,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. “Today’s launch means that qualified patients will soon have access to the treatment they need.”

In order to obtain medical marijuana, a patient must receive a DOH Medical Marijuana Program certification from a registered physician.   The patient must then access DOH’s online Patient Certification and Registration system to apply for a registry identification card.  In order to apply using DOH’s online system, each patient must have a valid DOH Medical Marijuana Program certification form issued and signed by a registered practitioner, photographic identification, documentation of his or her temporary or permanent New York State residency, and designated caregiver information, if applicable.  A patient who is under the age of eighteen or who is otherwise incapable of consenting must apply through a proxy. 

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