The first step in qualifying for medical cannabis in New York is to verify that you have a condition deemed legally treatable by marijuana under state law. These include conditions that involve chronic spasms, pain, seizures, or anxiety and are debilitating. Specific conditions include post-traumatic stress disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, HIV, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and ALS. If you have one of these or a similar condition, you can schedule an appointment with an in-person or online medical marijuana doctor. He or she will go through your medical history to learn more about your condition, how it affects your overall quality of life, and details on other forms of treatment you have tried. 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, you will receive your card in the mail within seven days and you may use it to purchase marijuana at any licensed dispensary in the state. Dispensaries near Schenectady include Etain in Albany, Holistic On Call in Schenectady, and Vireo Health in Albany.