If you want to explore the opportunity to become a medical marijuana patient in New York, you must determine if you have a medical condition that qualifies under state law. These include conditions that cause chronic spasms, pain, or seizures and have an overall negative impact on your quality of life. Conditions include irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and spinal cord injuries. If you have one of these or a similar condition, the next step is to schedule an appointment with an in-person or online medical marijuana doctor. During the appointment, the doctor will go through your health records to learn more about your condition, symptoms, and previous attempts at treatment. If the doctor believes you would make a good medical marijuana patient, he or she will issue a recommendation. This is needed to apply for a registration card with the New York Department of Health. If your application is approved, your registration card will arrive in the mail within seven business days.