ALBANY, N.Y. (November 22, 2016) – The New York State Department of Health today announced that it has officially filed amendments to the Medical Use of Marijuana regulations that will authorize nurse practitioners to register with the Department to certify patients for medical marijuana as of the end of November. These regulatory amendments will take effect on November 30, 2016, when the notice of adoption will be published in the New York State Register.
In order to register with the Department, nurse practitioners will need to take the Department-approved Medical Use of Marijuana course online and submit their course completions to the Department using the instructions provided on the Department’s Medical Marijuana Program Practitioner Information page: www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/practitioner/.
In the interest of further improving patient access, the Department has also filed proposed rulemaking that would enable physician assistants to register with the Department to certify patients for medical marijuana, as long as their supervising physician is also registered to certify patients. The proposed rulemaking will be published on November 30, 2016, and will be subject to a 45-day public comment period. This amendment would not take effect until it is filed for adoption after the public comment period.
“The first year of New York’s Medical Marijuana Program has been a success. Over 10,500 patients have been certified by more than 740 registered physicians to date,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker. “Authorizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients will only help to further strengthen the program and improve patient access.”