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Medical Marijuana can be recommended via Telemedicine in some states

Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine 

Telemedicine protocols vary state-by-state.  Please consult with your state's health department for the exact rules governing the establishment of a doctor-patient relationship.   We have included the laws as they pertain to NYS which has one of the more restrictive policies. 

Of New York State's 90,000+ doctors, only just over 900 are licensed to recommend Medical Marijuana. Telemedicine greatly expands patient access to those prescribers, especially in the under-served rural parts of the state. ©DrMedMar.com - 2017

New York State does not require an in-person physical examination, to establish a patient-physician relationship. Healthcare providers may not only establish patient relationships through telemedicine, but they may also prescribe non-controlled substances — prescribing “dangerous drugs or devices” via telemedicine, may only be permitted if an in-person examination is conducted first.

On March 13, 2015, the State of New York passed Senate Bill 2405, “The Telehealth Amendment Act", amending the public health law, the insurance law and the social services law, in relation to the delivery of telehealth services. As per the amendment, “telehealth” is defined as “the use of electronic information and communication technologies by telehealth providers, to deliver health care services, which shall include the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management and/or self-management, of a patient”. Telehealth does not include audio-only telephone communication, facsimile machines, or electronic messaging, unless used in conjunction with telemedicine, store-and-forward technology, and remote patient monitoring.

Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in New York

For the first time in history, qualified medical marijuana patients may now choose to see a marijuana doctor online, using medical marijuana telemedicine services for the purposes of obtaining a New York medical marijuana evaluation. 

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