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The medical marijuana marketplace in New York is highly regulated, a fact that has kept many people from getting access to the 100 percent natural and safe method of managing pain.

In a move being touted as an “emergency rule,” the New York State Department of Health has declared that medical marijuana (MMJ) can be prescribed as an alternative to opioids. Temporary ID cards will be easier to access offering certified patient the ability to obtain MMJ faster.

In fact, New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said, in June 2018, recent research proving cannabis can reduce the use and abuse of opioid painkillers laid the groundwork for the emergency rule.

Patients interested in obtaining MMJ as an alternative to opioids still must enroll in a certified opioid treatment program. As of early July, according to Medical Marijuana Daily, 62,256 people in New York have already been certified.

The Long Island Compassionate Medical Center has been helping people suffering from chronic pain and opioid addiction for many years, thanks to the efficacy of medical marijuana. Learn more about putting pain and addiction in the rear view mirror.

Contact Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, MD, about your personal situation. You don’t have to live with pain or addiction anymore.