Knowing which medical conditions qualify for cannabis use is the first step toward becoming a marijuana patient. Conditions that qualify include cancer, HIV, Parkinson’s, post-traumatic stress disorder, and spinal cord injuries. Other similar conditions that cause chronic spasms, seizures, or pain may also qualify. If you have one of these conditions, you need to schedule an appointment with an in-person or online medical marijuana doctor who can go through your health records to learn more about your condition. He or she will find out what symptoms you have, how these affect your overall quality of life, and what you have done to treat your condition in the past. If the doctor believes you would make a good patient, a recommendation will be issued. This is needed to apply for a medical marijuana registration card with the New York Department of Health. If your application is approved, you will receive your card in the mail within seven business days and can use it to purchase cannabis at any licensed dispensary in the state. Dispensaries in Plattsburgh include Columbia Care, Holistic On Call, and PrestoDoctor.