Do you have questions about how Medical Marijuana can help?
Q: Do I qualify for a Medical Marijuana prescription?
The law currently identifies the following severe, debilitating or life threatening conditions:
- HIV infection or AIDS,
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury with spasticity
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Chronic Pain (effective as of 3/22/2017)
Patients must also have one of the following associated or complicating conditions
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe or chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms
Q. Is this covered by my insurance?
- No. The initial consultation for a Medical Marijuana prescription is $500 which must be paid in cash. If you are an individual who is already a patient of our practice, the quarterly checkups are covered by your traditional co-pays. For those who are not already our patients, the quarterly followups are $200.
- Please note the consultation and quarterly fees do not include any medication. The only source of medical marijuana is from a licensed dispensary.
Q: Can The Center for Family Practice help me?
Yes! Dr. Jacqueline McLean Bennett has completed the necessary training as set forth in 10 NYCRR §1004.1(a). She is licensed by the NYS Department of Health to write prescriptions for Medical Marijuana
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 subdivision seven of section thirty-three hundred sixty of the public health law or as added by the Commissioner.
- 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
- Have completed a four-hour course approved by the Commissioner; and
- Have registered with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
Q: What is the opinion of the Medical Community?
“As physicians, we want the ability to offer our patients every possible treatment that might improve their health, alleviate their suffering, or improve their quality of life — that includes recommending the use of medical marijuana.
“New York’s medical marijuana law has careful, strict controls that will ensure access to patients who could truly benefit from medical marijuana, while preventing diversion and misuse. In fact, under the new law, medical marijuana will be more tightly regulated than any other medication, including more dangerous medications that are routinely prescribed.
“Denying patients access to a medication that can relieve their suffering is cruel, and forcing them to break the law is simply wrong. The passage of New York’s medical marijuana law will finally allow us to best serve our patients.”
Chair, Howard Grossman, MD
Vice-chair, Sunil Aggarwal, MD, PhD
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