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New York Medical Marijuana Professionals

Be truly informed.

The potential benefits of medical cannabis are continuing to grow. And now, more and more patients are inquiring about the positive effects it can have on their life.

As a practitioner, you play an important role in helping your patients experience a better quality of life—and our team is ready to assist.

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    We are committed to ongoing communication with our patients and their practitioners, so you remain informed at all times about the product and care your patient receives.

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    Register as a Practitioner with the New York Medical Marijuana Program

    In order to recommend medical cannabis to a qualifying patient, a practitioners must register with the New York State Department of Health.


    What do I need to do to be able to recommend medical cannabis?

    Practitioners seeking to issue certifications for their patients to receive medical cannabis products must meet the following criteria:

    • Be qualified to treat patients with one or more of the qualifying conditions
    • Be licensed in New York state, in good standing as a physician and practicing medicine, or be certified, in good standing as a nurse practitioner and practicing, or be licensed, in good standing as a physician assistant and practicing in New York State, under the supervision of a physician registered with the New York State medical marijuana program
    • Have completed a course approved by the Commissioner; and
    • Have registered with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

    The Practitioner-Patient Relationship

    Practitioners are not “prescribing” medical cannabis. Instead, a practitioner is asked to certify that the patient has a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or is receiving treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes a qualifying condition and the patient is under the practitioners continued care.

    Practitioners should have a “bona fide” practitioner-patient relationship with the qualifying patient.
    A physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant should be able to comfortably certify that the qualifying patient is under their care.

    Practitioners may accept payment from a qualifying patient for the fee associated with the examination required before recommending medical cannabis.
    However, practitioners may not accept any remuneration for making a medical cannabis certification, nor can they accept any remuneration from any dispensary for such a recommendation

    Unlike other pharmaceuticals, providers cannot “over prescribe” medical cannabis.
    The practitioner provides the authorized brand and form of the approved medical cannabis, the administration method, and any limitations on the use of approved medical cannabisa product. If a practitioner has a recommendation regarding dosage, it will be included on the certification, although a recommendation on dosage is not required. Under the law, New York State allows a 30-day supply based on dose. Qualifying patients are unable to procure unlimited amounts of medical cannabis. 

    Grow Your Understanding of Cannabis

    As a medical professional, your mission is clear—help your patients heal and feel better. That’s why it’s important for you to be familiar with the real benefits medical cannabis can have—and be fully informed and comfortable recommending its use.

    Verilife is devoted to disseminating the science behind medical cannabis. We’re here to guide patients and medical professionals along the way, to understand which products can be viable options, how to dose and the potential effects and outcomes.


    This website contains medical cannabis information and is restricted to individuals 21 years of age or older. Please confirm your age and state:

    • IL
    • MD
    • MA
    • NY
    • OH
    • PA

    Did you know that most medical marijuana information is state-specific? We have dispensaries in each of the above states, along with state-specific resources for patients. For the best experience, please select a state.