Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law in July, 2015, to take effect January 5, 2016. Patients who suffer from certain serious conditions can hopefully find relief from symptoms and treatments by using Medical Marijuana. Commissioner Zucker wrote,

This program, which will be guided by the most compelling scientific evidence, strikes the correct balance by making medical marijuana available to patients suffering from such diseases as Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and neuropathies. The evidence suggests that medical marijuana may mitigate some symptoms associated with these conditions, including pain, severe nausea and loss of appetite

Breast cancer patients suffer from many side effects of treatment that can be alleviated with medical marijuana. Including: pain, nausea, wasting and loss of appetite all of these symptoms weaken the body and can decrease the ability of the immune system while draining the patients energy and putting them at risk for other complications.

In addition, there is some evidence that medical marijuana can fight certain types of breast cancer and inhibits tumor angiogenesis or blood supply to the tumor and has other anti cancer properties.

The New York State Law allows for physicians to opt in to complete a four-hour on line course given by the NYS DOH in order to register with the department and be able to certify patients who could likely benefit from using medical marijuana. Under this new law, patients and their caregivers will be certified to purchase and administer the medical marijuana as diagnosed by their physician. The Compassionate Care Act very specifically does not allow for smoking marijuana. It is restricted to such administration as liquids, oils, pills and vaporization which should provide the same clinical benefit.

The Department of Health will certify five organizations to manufacture and dispense the approved and acceptable forms of medical marijuana in order to enable certified patients throughout the state to purchase them.

You can find out where here:

The larger challenge is to find a physician who can prescribe Medical Marijuana The DOH currently allows physicians to access a list of their colleagues who have completed the certification process.

The New York State Department of Health has published a website which answers some important questions about how patients access Medical Marijuana and an FAQ at:

For more information about how Medical Marijuana can help people with cancer, we highly recommend this booklet.

Also as a point of interest, take a listen to this NPR story about Medical Marijuana.

For a constant webinar based education about the developments of Medical Marijuana check out this website:


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