Cannabis Information for Providers

Becoming a certifying practitioner

New York State medical cannabis providers must meet and comply with all laws, regulations, and guidance related to the adult-use cultivator license. Failure to comply with any current or future laws, rules, or regulations issued by the Cannabis Control Board may result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to revocation of the certification. To issue certifications for patients to receive medical cannabis, healthcare providers must:

  • Have the appropriate practitioner license and a DEA registration to lawfully prescribe controlled substances to humans within New York State. This can include, but is not limited to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, podiatrists, and midwives.
  • Complete at least a two-hour course before they can begin certifying patients for medical cannabis. Courses include the following content: the pharmacology of cannabis, contraindications, side effects, adverse reactions, overdose prevention, drug interactions, dosing, routes of administration, risks and benefits, warnings and precautions; and abuse and dependence.

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