Recommending Cannabis in New York

Health care professionals recommending medical cannabis must be licensed to do so by the State of New York. Physicians, physician’s assistants, and registered nurses have the authority to recommend medical cannabis.

New York's required four hour physician education program is now available via The Answer Page. This course is required for all physicians who wish to recommend medical cannabis. Practitioners may register with the MMP by e-mailing the course completion certificate (in PDF format) to along with the physician's state license number and Health Commerce System (HCS) User ID. Once validated the practitioner will receive, via e-mail, a link authorizing them to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program.


  • Cancer
  • Positive Status for HIV or AIDS
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Severe or Chronic Pain
  • Severe Nausea
  • Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Any other medical condition added by the Commissioner


  • Must be licensed by New York state and practicing within the state
  • Must be qualified to treat the patient’s qualifying condition
  • Must complete a 2-4 hour medical cannabis course as developed by DOH
  • Must consult the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program prior to issuing certification to review patient’s controlled substance history
  • Must retain a copy of each patient’s certification
  • Must report all certifications to DOH
  • Must not knowingly issue certification to a person with (a) no medical need for it or (b) for a purpose other than the treatment of a qualifying condition as defined by law in the State of New York


The state Department of Health is tasked with regulating medical cannabis in New York, including issuance of Patient and Caregiver Registry ID Cards, registration of dispensaries and reporting by health care practitioners.  Due to the recent passage of the measure, New York’s program is still under development. This section will be updated with current links once the DOH has its program up and running. Forms will most likely be located here:

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NY Practitioner Education Medical Use of Marijuana Course

TheAnswerPage is proud to offer the Medical Use of Marijuana Course approved by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Physicians seeking to register with the NYSDOH to certify patients for medical marijuana must complete this course. Pharmacists working in dispensing facilities must take the four-hour course before they may counsel, or supervise another employee who may counsel, certified patients and designated caregivers on the use, administration, and risks associated with approved medical marijuana products.