Doctor Training Now Available for New York’s Medical Marijuana Program

On. Oct. 21, 2015, the New York State Department of Health announced that it had officially launched the required online training program for physicians seeking to certify patients to be able to use and possess medical marijuana products.

The four-hour training, titled Medical Use of Marijuana Course, is being provided by TheAnswerPage, a medical education website that has been approved by the NYSDOH. Registration is $249. The course is organized around three major content areas: the Endocannabinoid System and Phytocannabinoids, the Administration and Dosing of Cannabis Products, and Physiological Effects and Adverse Effects of Cannabis.

According to Julie Netherland, the Drug Policy Alliance’s deputy state director for New York, “Medical marijuana patients in New York have been waiting years for relief. The launching of the physician training marks an important step forward, but if the state is going to meet their January deadline of providing medical marijuana to qualified patients, they’ll need do some aggressive outreach to get doctors enrolled, through the course, and registered to certify patients. They also need to quickly launch a system for registering certified patents. New Yorkers cannot afford any delays.”

As indicated on the website for the New York State Medical Marijuana Program, the state’s program should be operational by Jan. 5, 2016, or “when the system is certified by the Commissioner of Health and Superintendent of State Police that it can be implemented in accordance with public health and safety interests.”

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