The first step to qualifying for medical marijuana in New York is to determine if you have one of the conditions deemed legally treatable by cannabis under state law. These include conditions such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Other similar conditions that cause chronic pain, spasms, seizures, or anxiety may also qualify. The next step is to schedule an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. This can be done in-person or online. The doctor will go over your health records to determine more information about your condition, symptoms, and prior attempts at treatment. If he or she believes you can be helped by medical marijuana use, a recommendation will be issued. This recommendation is needed to apply for a registration card with the New York Department of Health. Your card, once approved, will arrive in the mail within seven business days and can be used to purchase medical marijuana at any licensed dispensary in the state. Dispensaries near Ogdensburg include Columbia Care and PrestoDoctor, both in Rochester.