If you’d like to become a medical marijuana patient in the state of New York, you must first determine if you have one of the conditions that can be treated with cannabis. These conditions include those that are marked by chronic, difficult-to-treat pain, spasms, seizures, or anxiety. Specific conditions include cancer, spinal cord injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, and ALS. If you have one of these or a similar condition, the next step is to schedule an appointment with a licensed mmj physician. During your appointment, which can be conducted online or in person, the doctor will go through your medical records to learn more about your condition, symptoms, and prior attempts at treatment. If he or she believes you would benefit from medical marijuana treatment, a recommendation will be issued. This can be used to apply for a registration card with the New York Department of Health. You will need this card to legally purchase marijuana in the state of New York.