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You can purchase medical marijuana this month

Photograph: Courtesy Shutterstock
Photograph: Courtesy Shutterstock

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. 



Melissa F

It's pathetic New Yorkers act progressive and ahead of the culture curve! Then, why, oh, why, do we permit OUR government to continue force this repressive Prohibitionist garbage upon us? If the government is going to make me PAY 250$ For a permit with an hours long online course to boot; I want some FREEDOM AND CONVENIENCE!

It's a simple choice that more than half the country has right!! NYcontinues to repress freedom! We are modern medieval and it's embarrassing!


Tim B

This is what happens when you force a governor to create a medical Marijuana program against his wishes. Remember Governor Cuomo does not believe in Marijuana as a medicine.

Only one corporation involved in Medical Marijuana is from New York. All other companies are from Canada. So the majority of the money made off of medical Marijuana from New York will end up in Canada.

Lastly from my understanding it is very expensive and of course there is no proof that these pills they are selling actually do what they claim. I am eligible, I spoke with my doctor and he didn't sound very enthralled with the New York medical Marijuana program. I will keep using my dealer until they fix the medical Marijuana program

Travis M

Add this to the growing pile of shoddy Cuomo legislation. In a state where 83% of voters support medical marijuana, Cuomo creates the most restrictive program in the nation, lets the state choose price and tax it at 7%, prevents smoking entirely, and puts doctors who prescribe it at the risk of a felony if they don't fit the states tight eligibility. 

Cuomo gets the headline he wants, patients continue to suffer under bureaucratic rules limiting access but ensuring the state gets their tax revenue.

Ivan M

No, I don't think I have any of those, but I also don't feel like complaining right now. This is awkward.