FAQ

If you have a DMV-issued New York State ID (driver license, driver permit, or non-driver ID), a printable temporary card in pdf format will be available immediately after you register with the NYS Department of Health on the my.ny.gov website. The temporary card will be active, effective immediately, for 30 days. At the same time, a permanent card will be printed and mailed out to you in 1-2 weeks.

If you do not have a DMV-issued NYS ID, you will need to submit additional supporting documents when registering to prove your NYS residency (like a utility bill, lease copy, or landlord letter). If these documents are not under your name, the person who the utility bill or lease copy is under can write a letter stating that you live there. You will also be asked to submit a passport style photograph of yourself (basically a selfie, above the shoulders against a plain background) as well as any other government-issued ID (such as other State ID or passport). These documents don’t need to be submitted to us, but you will need them when you register online with the NYS Department of Health for your card, so it is a good idea to have them scanned and ready to upload when starting your registration. It will take the NYS DOH about 3 business days to review the documents, after which your temporary card will become available on your my.ny.gov account under the menu option “My Temporary Card”.

At the time of your visit, complimentary in-person guidance for the registration process will be available if you need assistance with account creation/recovery and navigation on the my.ny.gov website.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of all dispensaries currently located in or coming soon to the New York City area which can be found at this link. This list is continuously updated as new information becomes available. In addition to this list, a plethora of details and inside tips regarding delivery options, personalized recommendations on specific product listings, and pricing information will be made available to you at the time of your consultation. We do the research, so you don’t have to.

If you are looking for a dispensary elsewhere in New York State (not in NYC), you may want to look at the state-wide list of dispensaries located on the NYS DOH website here: https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/application/selected_applicants.htm

Currently, thirteen medical conditions qualify for the NYS Medical Marijuana Program:

1. Chronic pain
2. Opioid replacement
3. Cancer
4. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
5. Neuropathy
6. Epilepsy
7. HIV/AIDS
8. Spinal cord injury
9. Inflammatory bowel disease
10. Parkinson’s disease
11. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
12. Multiple sclerosis
13. Huntington’s disease

Patients must also have one of the following associated or complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms, PTSD or opioid use disorder (only if enrolled in a certified substance use disorder treatment program).

Feel free to contact us directly anytime, day or night, seven days a week, with any questions you have or to arrange an appointment. There are four ways (all equally effective) to get into contact with us: call or text us at (718) 407-4702, email us at ask@cannabismd.nyc, or submit a web contact form through our website.

While all patients are encouraged to make a visit in-person to our office in Downtown Brooklyn for their initial evaluation, house calls are offered as a courtesy to patients who request it. To be eligible for house calls, you must live in one of the five boroughs of NYC. A nominal fee for travel distance and time will also apply.

If you live in another part of New York State and distance represents a significant obstacle to coming to our office, online medical marijuana evaluations by Doctor Oliver are conveniently offered via the doxy.me telemedicine website. Find the link below to enter an online evaluation.

ONLINE EVALUATION

Unlike alcohol, opiates, or benzodiazepines, marijuana is not considered to be chemically or physically addictive (although there is mounting evidence that there may be a significant physical process of withdrawal that occurs in very heavy, chronic users of marijuana). Marijuana can be considered to be a significantly safer alternative to those drugs mentioned above. Psychological dependence on marijuana, however, is not uncommon and is a serious risk to consider. As such, marijuana should be used responsibly.

Two words: Quality Control. The FDA currently exercises very little oversight over hemp-derived CBD products, and as such, the quality and labeling of CBD products can be considered to be extremely suspect. Of the hemp-derived CBD products tested by the FDA, some did not contain any detectable amount of CBD. Some brands of CBD may be considered to be more reliable than others, however.

In addition, the source and production process by which medical CBD and over-the-counter CBD differs drastically. Medical grade CBD is extracted from the flower, leaves, and stalk of the marijuana plant through a solvent extraction process. Hemp-derived CBD on the other hand is produced by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant in a process akin to that used to produce other common oils, like olive, coconut, sesame, and peanut oils.

THC and CBD products available through the NYS Medical Marijuana program undergo very rigorous and regular testing to ensure quality, safey, and efficacy. From what I have been told by my patients who have tried both medical grade CBD and over-the-counter hemp-derived CBD, the difference is unmistakable.

At Cannabis MD, we charge a one-time only, annual fee of $250 dollars for the first year of treatment. Your certification will be active for exactly one year from the date of your visit. As long as you are enrolled in the Medical Marijuana Program, you will be considered a patient under our care. This fee allows Doctor Oliver to provide the proper quality of care, follow-up, and ongoing support that his patients have to come to expect from him.

If you are happy with being in the program and wish to recertify, the fee for returning patients is just $150 for each year after the first.

We do respect patients' ability to pay. Financial assistance is available in the form of sliding scale discounts and payment plans based on income and family size with financial documentation required for verification.

Currently, medical marijuana in New York State is not cheap. With frequent, daily use, a month’s supply of medical marijuana can be expected run you about $200-$250. The high price of medical marijuana in New York represents a significant barrier to patient access and is most likely the main reason why the NYS Medical Marijuana Program has not quickly expanded in a way comparable to the way medical marijuana programs in other states have.

Looking forward to the future, things look a little brighter. NYS government officials have acknowledged that the high prices of medical marijuana in New York represent a significant barrier to accessibility, and lawmakers are looking into ways to expand access to patients. A new bill now under consideration in the NYS legislature proposes providing health insurance coverage for medical marijuana, which makes a whole lot of sense when you consider that drugs like OxyContin and Ambien are covered. NYS legislators are also expected to make a push for recreational marijuana legalization in 2019, and this might be expected to result in significant cost savings for  medical marijuana patients.

Under New York State law, employers are not allowed to discriminate against patients in the NYS Medical Marijuana Program. This means you should not be fired or refused a job on the basis of your status as a NYS medical marijuana patient or on the basis of your legimate medical use of marijuana.

However, marijuana is still classified at the federal level as an illegal, schedule I drug (along the likes of GHB, heroine, LSD, and Ecstasy) with no accepted medical use. Protection under NY State law may not apply if you are employed by or looking for employment under a federal agency (such as the VA, USPS, military, etc.)

As a patient in the NYS Medical Marijuana Program, you can go to any medical marijuana dispensary in New York State only. Your NYS medical marijuana card will not be accepted at dispensaries in any other state. The NYS Medical Marijuana does not currently participate in any reciprocity arrangements with medical marijuana programs in any other state.

This is a very frequently asked question, but one with no clear answer. Your NYS medical marijuana card really only technically protects you in New York, but patients have frequently reported no problems when traveling out-of-state with their medical marijuana. Although the TSA, as a federal agency, holds an official policy of banning medical marijuana from being carried on flights, anecdotal reports have frequently confirmed that TSA officers will usually wave passengers with a medical marijuana card through when this becomes an issue.

The legality of medical marijuana where you land should also be considered. Law enforcement in other states will frequently lack the capability to verify the validity of your NYS medical marijuana card. Depending on local policy or attitudes towards marijuana, they may even be positively disinclined to do so. However, with national awareness and public acceptance of medical marijuana growing, it has been become increasingly possible to travel safely with personal use amounts of medical marijuana. Finally, it should go without saying: Do not travel internationally with medical marijuana.

This should not be taken as legal advice. You should always exercise your own due diligence and make yourself aware of the risks of traveling with medical marijuana should you choose to do so.