In early July, 2018, the State of New York added opioid replacement to its list of approved conditions for using medical cannabis. As a result, sales of MMJ in the state are expected to increase significantly. The State Department of Health announced the emergency rule as effective immediately, authorizing the issuance of temporary ID cards in order for certified patients to access medical marijuana faster.
The decision comes as little surprise as Howard Zucker, New York Health Commissioner, announced the Commission’s intention to create this measure. At the time, Zucker presented research backing the plan demonstrating MMJ’s effectiveness reducing opioid dependency and use as well as overdose. Patients diagnosed with opioid use disorder who are participating in a certified treatment program for opioid addiction would be eligible to use medical cannabis. Additionally, patients experiencing significant pain falling short of the clinical definition for chronic pain could use medical cannabis instead of opioids to manage that pain. Already, chronic pain is listed among the qualifying conditions for using medical marijuana in New York State. The other qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana in New York are currently the following:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injury spasticity.
- Huntington’s disease.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Multiple sclerosis
Before this measure was instituted, sales of medical marijuana in New York, according to the Marijuana Business Factbook, were expected to reach between $50 and $70 million in 2018. This represents an increase of $10 to $50 million from the state’s 2017 MMJ earnings of $20 to $40 million. The growth of the medical marijuana industry in the state may well be higher, even, if it were not for a state ban on most types of edibles and all forms of smokable cannabis.
There are approximately 62,250 certified medical marijuana patients in New York State and approximately 1,735 medical marijuana doctors registered with the state’s medical cannabis program. To help these doctors produce, retain and manage the medical records for their medical marijuana patients are marijuana doctors software programs like drGreensoft.com. Through medical marijuana software for doctors, practitioners can create and more easily manage electronic medical records (EMR) for their patients. Some marijuana EMR software, like our drGreenSoft.com, can also be used as a Patient Verification System (PVS) that allows doctors to verify a patient’s medical card status . As one of the leading types of free software for doctors who recommend medical marijuana drGreenSoft.com is secure, HIPAA compliant, cloud-based and compatible with all devices. It provides all New York State medical cannabis forms and exam forms doctors need for the NY medical marijuana program as well as convenient features like scanner integration, multiple location management and a calendar or website appointment widget. It allows physicians to offer online office visits and allows patients to access a secure online portal. Data is backed up automatically and notifications and marketing messages can be produced and automatically delivered by email or SMS. Our software can even be used as a point of sale system to help doctors sell any related services or products to their medical cannabis patients.