The first step in qualifying for medical marijuana use in New York is to determine if you have one of the conditions deemed legally treatable by cannabis. These include conditions such as HIV, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, and ALS. Other conditions that cause chronic spasms, seizures, or pain that are difficult to treat by other means may also qualify. If you have one of these or a similar condition, you need to schedule an appointment with an in-person or online medical marijuana doctor. This licensed professional will be able to examine your health history and learn more about your condition, symptoms, and your past methods of treatment. If he or she believes medical marijuana is a good treatment option for you, a recommendation will be issued. This can be used to apply for a registration card with the New York Department of Health. Without a registration card, you will not be able to legally purchase cannabis in the state. If your application is approved, your registration card will arrive in the mail within seven days and can be used to legally purchase marijuana at any licensed dispensary in the state. Dispensaries near Oneonta include Vireo Health in Queens and MedMen in Buffalo.