But what about the medical stuff?
Unlike, say, Venice Beach, California, where buxom nurses in pot-leaf emblazoned uniforms stand on the boardwalk offering to help you get your pot prescription, medical marijuana in New York is pretty serious business. However, it’s not too difficult to get approval. The New York State Department of Health website is extremely helpful and contains a list of 1,557 certified doctors who can help you get started. Conditions which qualify one for the program include cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, MS, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, IBD, neuropathy, Huntington’s disease, chronic pain, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Once you get the recommendation, Jah willing, you can get a card in as little as a week. Voted into law back in 2014, the program currently has 50,483 registered patients who are served by 20 dispensaries throughout the state.