New York's Medical Marijuana Program has rapidly progressed, certifying more than 7,000 patients across the state and registering more than 675 physicians in just the first seven months.

The New York State Department of Health announced today it is expanding the Medical Marijuana Program to improve access for patients suffering from severe, debilitating and life threatening conditions.
The plan will authorize nurse practitioners to certify patients for the program. It will allow for home delivery service of medicine, along with expanding the financial hardship waiver for patients and caregivers who apply for registration. It will also modify the state’s data management system to make it more user friendly for certified patients and caregivers.
“New York’s Medical Marijuana Program has rapidly progressed, certifying more than 7,000 patients across the state and registering more than 675 physicians in just the first seven months,” stated Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “Since launching the program, the Department has worked closely with doctors, patients and registered organizations to gather information relevant to strengthening the program in anticipation of the required two-year report. We are constantly evaluating the program to make it more effective for patients and practitioners, and we believe that the implementation of these recommendations will do just that.”
For more information on the two-year report for the Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act, visit: