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Medical Marijuana

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The Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) regulates the manufacture, sale, and use of medical marijuana in NYS, making medical marijuana a treatment option for patients suffering from certain serious health conditions.  A-Registered Practitioners may certify patients with one of the severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions, recommending the medical use of marijuana.  Patients can use medical marijuana if they have been diagnosed with a specific severe, debilitating or life-threatening condition accompanied by an associated or complicating condition, and if a registered health care provider certifies them for the program.


Severe conditions that qualify include:

  • Cancer

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Spinal cord nerve injury with intractable spasticity

  • Epilepsy

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Chronic pain

  • Opioid alternative for pain that degrades health and functional capability

  • Neuropathy

  • Huntington’s disease

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Substance use disorder

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder;

  • Opioid use disorder, but only if enrolled in a treatment program certified pursuant to Article 32 of the Mental Hygiene Law

Patients must also have one of the following associated or complicating conditions:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome

  • Severe or chronic pain

  • Severe nausea

  • Seizures

  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder;

  • Opioid use disorder, but only if enrolled in a treatment program certified pursuant to Article 32 of the Mental Hygiene Law