It’s been almost two years since we found out that marijuana legalization (for medicinal purposes, of course) is coming to New York. So here’s even bigger news for folks in need of the ganja: Four dispensaries hawking the drug will open in NYC this month.
Of course, anyone who lives in a “green” state already knows that scoring weed is pretty simple—complaints regarding back pain or loss of appetite will grant you a hit in the form of oils, pills or tinctures. But New York isn’t going to make it as easy—there are several steps, which both doctors and patients need to complete beforehand.
According to DNAinfo, doctors can’t prescribe pot to patients until he or she completes a $249 four-hour online course to register with the New York State Department of Health. And patients will need certification from a state-registered physician that demonstrates their medical need. Then, folks can apply online for a registry identification card, which is required by the dispensaries.
FYI: Only the following conditions would make you eligible for treatment: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome, Dystonia, Psoriasis, Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, Epilepsy, Cachexia, Wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease, PTSD, Neuropathy, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus and Diabetes.
So, if you’re curious whether or not marijuana would alleviate your symptoms, call your doctor ASAP. And if you're approved, make sure to bookmark our restaurant recommendations for the munchies and our weed songs playlist to keep your spirits high.