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As of August 2014, the application process for this program has not been implemented yet in the state of New York. It may take up to eighteen months to implement procedure.

Patients will not be permitted to smoke any form of medical marijuana. Patients will be permitted to vaporize and consume oral forms of cannabis.The bill allows cardholders to posses up to two and one half ounces of medical marijuana.

To qualify for the medical marijuana program, a patient will have to obtain and submit to the department, a written physician’s certification stating that the patient suffers from a qualifying, debilitating medical condition. The patient must be a resident or be receiving treatment in the state of New York. Below is a list of the qualifying medical conditions:

  1. cancer
  2. HIV/AIDS
  3. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  4. Parkinson’s disease
  5. multiple sclerosis
  6. damage  to  the  nervous tissue  of  the  spinal  cord  with objective neurological indication or intractable spasticity
  7. epilepsy
  8. inflammatory bowel disease
  9. neuropathies
  10. Huntington’s disease

Qualifying patients will be required to submit an application, and a written state licensed physician’s certification to receive a medical marijuana identification card. It is expected to cost each patient a $50 registration fee each year.

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