Practitioner Information

As set forth in 10 NYCRR §1004.1(a), practitioners seeking to issue certifications for their patients to receive medical marijuana products must meet the following criteria:

  • Be qualified to treat patients with one or more of the serious conditions set forth in Public Health Law §3360(7) or as added by the Commissioner. The law currently identifies the following severe, debilitating or life threatening conditions: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, chronic pain as defined by 10 NYCRR §1004.2(a)(8)(xi), post-traumatic stress disorder and Huntington's disease. Patients must also have one of the following associated or complicating conditions: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms;
  • Be licensed, in good standing as a physician and practicing medicine, as defined in article one hundred thirty one of the Education Law in New York State, or be certified, in good standing as a nurse practitioner and practicing, as defined in Article 139 of the Education Law, in New York State, or be licensed, in good standing as a physician assistant and practicing in New York State, as defined in article 131-B of the Education Law, 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).

As required by 10 NYCRR §1004.1(b), the Commissioner shall approve at least one, if not more, courses for practitioners seeking to become registered with the Medical Marijuana Program. The approved course must include the following course content: the pharmacology of marihuana; contraindications; side effects; adverse reactions; overdose prevention; drug interactions; dosing; routes of administration; risks and benefits; warnings and precautions; abuse and dependence; and such other components as determined by the commissioner.

The Department has approved two course providers to offer the required course:

Following successful completion of the NYSDOH-approved course, and upon full compliance with the other requirements set forth in 10 NYCRR §1004.1(a), practitioners who wish to register with NYSDOH to certify patients for medical marijuana must follow the below steps:

  1. Log into the Health Commerce System,
  2. Select "All Applications" from the My Content dropdown menu,
  3. Click the "M" tab, find the Medical Marijuana Data Management System (MMDMS) application in the list, and click the green and white "+" icon in the "Add/Remove" column to add the MMDMS application.
  4. After selecting the MMDMS application, practitioners will be prompted to enter information required to complete the registration process.

In order for Physician Assistants (PAs) to access the Medical Marijuana Data Management System (MMDMS) to register with the Medical Marijuana Program and issue certifications for medical marijuana to patients, at least one of their registered supervising physicians must provide authorization within MMDMS. Instructions on how Registered Practitioners authorize Physician Assistants (PAs) under their supervision are included below.

  1. Log into the Health Commerce System (HCS).
  2. Select the MMDMS.
  3. Select Update My Information from the menu options listed at the top of the page.
  4. On the left side of the page, select the "Physician Assistant Management" button.
  5. Enter the Physician Assistant's HCS ID # in the space provided:
  6. If the search results match the information for the PA you wish to authorize, select "Authorize".

Any questions regarding the practitioner registration process should be emailed to mmp@health.ny.gov.

Practitioners who have completed the registration process will have access to the Medical Marijuana Data Management System, located within the Health Commerce System (HCS), to issue certifications to qualifying patients.Instructions for certifying patients and using this system are available here: Patient Certification Instructions

Instructions on how to re-certify a patient can be found here.

Registered practitioners must consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) registry prior to issuing certifications to patients. The PMP registry contains controlled substance prescription dispensing history and medical marijuana dispensing history. Instructions on how to access the PMP registry can be found here: http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/narcotic/prescription_monitoring/online_notification_program/

Information regarding the process for patient registration is available on the following page: Information for Patients. Patients must first have a certification from a registered practitioner to register with the Department of Health to obtain a registry identification card. Instructions on how to verify the status of a patient's registration can be found here: Patient Certification Instructions

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently issued guidance to health insurers regarding coverage for office visits related to medical marijuana. The guidance from DFS may be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://www.dfs.ny.gov/about/press/pr1704121.htm.

Pursuant to 10 NYCRR §1004.19 (c), practitioners must report patient adverse events related to medical marijuana to the Department within five business days of becoming aware of the adverse event. Serious adverse events related to medical marijuana must be reported by the practitioner to the Department within one business day after the practitioner becomes aware of the event. The link below contains instructions for reporting adverse events.

Any physicians seeking a registered practitioner, as well as those nurse practitioners and licensed health care providers who treat the specified diseases and conditions, may identify registered practitioners who consented to be publicly listed, with their specialties and locations, by clicking here. Please note that this list does not include all of the practitioners registered with the Department to certify patients for medical marijuana. Additional registered practitioners have either not consented to have their information listed or have consented to only being listed within the Medical Marijuana Data Management System (MMDMS) located within the Department's Health Commerce System (HCS). Instructions to access the list are as follows.

  1. Log in to the Health Commerce System (HCS) at https://commerce.health.state.ny.us/
  2. If MMDMS is not listed in the My Applications Menu, select All Applications from the MyContent dropdown menu, click the M tab, find the MMDMS application in the list, and click the green and white "+" icon in the "Add/Remove" column to add the MMDMS application.
  3. Select the "Medical Marijuana Data Management System (MMDMS)" from the My Applications Menu.
  4. On the Practitioner Portal, select the "Search Registered Practitioners" button.

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