The Compassionate Care Act, which was passed in July of 2014, allows for the prescription of medical marijuana to patients with specific, severe medical conditions in New York state.
In order to enroll in the medical marijuana program, patients need to be certified by a physician who has completed advanced training in the medical use and pharmacology of marijuana.
Dr. Michael Weiss is one of the limited number of physicans who has successfully completed this training and holds this advanced certification.
At your initial appointment, Dr. Weiss will conduct a complete evaluation, including a detailed review of your history to determine if you meet the requirements as set forth by New York state.
In order for a patient to participate in this program, they must suffer from one of several severe medical illnesses, specified by New York state, as well as one or more complicating condition.
These severe illnesses are neuropathy, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, amylotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, and HIV infection or AIDS. Patients must also suffer from one or more complicating condition, including cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms.
Once a patient is registered, they can apply for a Registry Identification Card, which will allow the patient to obtain medical marijuana products from a state registered medical marijuana dispensary. Dispensaries may dispense capsules, liquids and oils for vaporization or administration via inhaler.
Dr. Weiss specializes in the prescription of medical marijuana for serious neurologic conditions. He believes strongly in the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant, and feels fortunate to provide this treatment which can provide relief to patients who have been unable to relieve their suffering by other treatment modalities.