Medical Cannabis Patients and Caregivers
To buy Etain products, you need to join New York's medical cannabis program. Luckily, it's pretty simple
To become certified under the program, you first need a physician who is registered with the NYS Medical Cannabis Program. They are the only ones allowed to prescribe Etain products.
Patients are no longer limited by a list of qualifying conditions to be eligible for the use of medical cannabis. The patient’s certifying practitioner can use his/her clinical discretion to issue a certification for the medical use of cannabis.
Patients seeking access to medical cannabis should first go to their treating practitioner. If a patient's treating practitioner does not already certify patients for the use of medical cannabis and would like to, they can find information on the OCM website.
There are a number of options you can use to find a certifying doctor in New York State:
We recommend researching at least 2 or 3 options to find the best fit before committing to one provider.
The patient's certifying practitioner will include any limitations on the use of approved medical cannabis on the certification. If a practitioner has a recommendation regarding dosage, it should also be included on the certification, although a recommendation on dosage is not required. The total amount of product that may be dispensed by a registered organization may not exceed a sixty-day supply.
On March 20, 2023, the Office made changes to Medical Cannabis Data Management System (MCDMS), allowing for patients to be automatically registered when they are certified.
Patient Certifications now contain their registry ID. Plastic registry ID cards are no longer being produced.
Patients who were certified after March 20, 2023 and whose Registry ID appears in the certification must notify their certifying practitioner of any change in his or her name, or address, within (10) business days of such change. A new certification and registry ID will be issued to reflect changes.
Patients who were certified before March 20, 2023 and designated caregivers must notify the Medical Cannabis Program of any change in their name, or address, within ten (10) business days of such change. In some instances (but not all) this may generate a new Registry ID.
Click on the links below for information on when to update or request a new Registry ID:
Guide for persons interested in becoming patients or caregivers in the medical cannabis program
How to update a medical cannabis Registry ID.
A patient may designate up to five (5) caregivers to assist in purchasing and/or administering their medical cannabis products for them.
Caregivers may be added any time after the patient is auto-registered.
How to designate a caregiver for the Medical Cannabis Program
The Patient Certification is is valid for up to one year from the original date of your doctor's certification (except in the case of terminal illness).
Prior to the expiration date of your patient certification, ask your doctor for an updated certification. Once extended, an updated certification with the new dates will be created and the ID number and barcode remain the same.
If your certification has expired (you didn't renew your certification before it expired), contact your doctor for an updated certification and bring the document with you to Etain.
For a list of FAQ on New York's Medical Cannabis program click HERE
Once you're registered, you can visit an Etain Dispensary in New York to pickup medications and speak with our pharmacists.
Please bring all required documentation:
Walk-ins and appointments are welcome but it is strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment. Scheduled appointments have priority over walk-ins.
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