Medical Cannabis Physicians and Doctors
To add cannabis to treatment plans, you first need to join New York's medical cannabis program.
The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) provides oversight for New York State’s Medical Cannabis Program.
To issue certifications for patients to receive medical cannabis health care providers must:
The new Medical Cannabis Data Management System (MCDMS) was designed to streamline the patient certification process for health care providers.
A minimum of a two-hour approved course must be completed by practitioners who wish to certify 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.
The Office has approved the providers HERE to offer the required course(s). All course providers offer 12 months of access to their content.
Accessing the Medical Cannabis Data Management System (MCDMS)
First Time Users:
***If you recently renewed your DEA registration, please allow 3 business days for the system to update.***
To certify qualifying patients for medical cannabis, practitioners must use the Medical Cannabis Data Management System, located within the Health Commerce System (HCS).
Remember: It’s the Law: Practitioners must consult the PMP Registry to check a patient’s controlled substance history before issuing or editing a patient’s certification.
Important Information for Patients under 18 or Incapable of Consent
If your patient is a under the age of 18 or incapable of providing consent for medical treatment, at the time of patient registration, this patient will require the following:
You can view the complete Practitioner Guide to Patient Certifications or use the Certification Quick Reference Menu below to jump to specific instructions.
As an optional step, you can agree to having your information published in the Medical Marijuana Data Management System (MMDMS).
The MMDMS allows unregistered physicians to search for registered physicians to refer their patients to (so they can pursue treatment in New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program).