Medical Marijuana

doctorallenWe are pleased to announce Dr. Allen is now certified to register patients with the New York State Medical Marijuana Program.

The New York State Medical Marijuana Program commenced on Jan 7th 2016. Physician here at New York Pain Medicine are certified to register patients with certain illnesses for the medical use of marijuana. An office visit and complete medical evaluation is necessary to certify patients.

As a pain practitioner,  marijuana can be used as an effective complimentary treatment for many painful conditions. We look forward to discussing all options available to you.

About the Medical Marijuana Program

Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 5, 2014. It allows patients who suffer from designated serious conditions who also have a condition clinically associated with, or a complication of, the serious condition to be certified by their physicians to receive marijuana for medical use. Physicians must complete a four-hour New York State Department of Health (Department)-approved course and register with the Department to certify patients. Practitioners must consult the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program Registry prior to issuing a certification to a patient for medical marijuana.

Patients who are certified by their practitioners must apply to the Department to obtain a registry identification card in order to obtain medical marijuana in accordance with any recommendations made by the patient’s practitioner. During the patient registration process, certified patients may designate up to two caregivers, who must also register with the Department, to obtain and administer medical marijuana products on behalf of the patients.

Pursuant to Public Health Law (PHL) § 3365(9), the Commissioner shall register up to five applicants as registered organizations to manufacture and dispense approved medical marijuana products in New York State. Registrations issued by the Department are valid for a period of two years. Manufacturing of medical marijuana products must occur in an indoor, enclosed, secure facility located in New York State, which may include a greenhouse. Registered organizations may only manufacture medical marijuana products in forms approved by the Commissioner. Approved forms include liquid or oil preparations for metered oromucosal (administered orally) or sublingual (under the tongue) administration or administration per tube, metered liquid or oil preparations for vaporization, and capsules for oral administration. The Compassionate Care Act expressly provides that a certified medical use of marijuana does not include smoking.

Each registered organization may initially produce up to five brands of medical marijuana product, with prior approval of the Department, which must include at least one brand that has a low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and high cannabidiol (CBD) content, and at least one brand with approximately equal amounts of THC and CBD. Each brand in its final form must have a consistent cannabinoid profile. Independent laboratory testing of the final medical marijuana product is required to test for contaminants and ensure product consistency. Until independent laboratories receive certification from the New York State Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP), the Department’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory will perform the testing and analysis of final medical marijuana products. Each registered organization may have up to four dispensing facilities, owned and operated by the registered organization, where approved medical marijuana products will be dispensed to certified patients or their designated caregivers, who have registered with the Department. Dispensing facilities must report dispensing data to the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program Registry and consult the registry prior to dispensing approved medical marijuana products to certified patients or their designated caregivers.

The Department retains the authority to revoke registrations of registered organizations that fail to meet New York State’s regulatory requirements at any time. Registrations are valid for two years from the date of issuance.


Medical Marijuana FAQs

As we become more knowledgeable regarding our patient experiences with medical marijuana, we will continue to update our website.  I am able report that we have confirmation of our patients having received their registration cards.


Q:  What is the process of obtaining medical marijuana?
A: In order to obtain medical marijuana, a patient needs to be evaluated by a registered physician licensed in New York State through the Department of Health.  In addition, the patient must be a New York State resident.  If the patient fulfills the criteria with an appropriate diagnosis, the patient is provided a printed paper certificate at the end of our consultation.  This will allow the patient to login to the New York State Department of Health, pay the fee and complete the registration process.  The patient will receive via mail a registration card that can be taken to the dispensary.  We are able to report that we have confirmation of New York Pain Medicine patients having received their registration cards.


Q: What are the types and quantities of medical marijuana will be dispensed?
A: Currently, physicians can prescribe marijuana with high/low THC vs. Cannabinoid ratio in three forms.  Oils to be used for vaporization, an oral mucosal spray and pill form.  Quantity at New York Pain Medicine will be for a monthly supply to be reevaluated at the end of the month.


Q: What types of diagnoses or conditions qualify a patient for medical marijuana?
A:  Medical marijuana is now approved for all chronic pain conditions. Most diagnosis seen at New York Pain Medicine will fall into neuropathic and muscular pain symptoms to qualify.  Common diagnosis may include chronic back pain symptoms, muscle spasm, fibromyalgia and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.


Q: How is medical marijuana priced? 
A: Patients will need to contact the dispensary for accurate pricing information.


Q: Is medical marijuana covered by medical insurance?
A: Health insurance is not accepted as a method of payment at the dispensary.


For further questions and answers, please reference the New York State Department of Health’s formal website for patient information.  We look forward to treating you in the near future.