New York Medical Marijuana Laws

New York — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed twin bills A.6357-E and S.7923, known as the Compassionate Care Act, into law on July 5, 2014. This law is codified at N.Y. Public Health Law Art. 33, Title 5-A.

Qualifying for the Program: To qualify, a patient must have a written certification from his or her physician. Physicians must first register with the health department and take a two-to-four hour course. A certification must specify that the patient is in the physician’s continuing care for the condition, that the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefits from marijuana, and that he or she has a qualifying condition.

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