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.