According to the guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health,
“In the event, non-essential businesses are forced to shut down due to COVID-19, Registered Organizations in the Medical Marijuana Program will be considered essential and allowed to remain open because they are considered medical providers.”
In this statement, it’s important to note that the state has referred to medical marijuana as an essential medicine to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. While most businesses have been forced to shut down due to a state declared lockdown, only a few “essential” businesses are allowed to remain open and continue operations, including pharmacies, hospitals, grocery stores, financial institutions, and registered medical marijuana dispensaries.
Obtaining Medical Marijuana Amid the Pandemic
Advocators of medical marijuana are pushing state authorities to ensure that the patients are allowed safe and easy access to the cannabis they require to alleviate their health conditions. However, medical marijuana suppliers are required to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the New York Department of Health.
Home Delivery of Medical Marijuana
The state has allowed registered dispensaries and suppliers to carry out safe deliveries to the homes of qualified medical marijuana patients, to ensure the safety of medical marijuana users and suppliers alike. Appointed caregivers have also been allowed to expand their delivery services to other states without seeking written approval from the Department of Health until the next notice.
- While performing deliveries, the drivers are required to adhere to the following instructions:
- Wearing masks and gloves
- Sanitizing and washing hands post each delivery.
- Asking patients to use their own stationery for signing documents
- Sanitizing tablets or handheld devices before taking digital signatures from the patients
Virtual Appointments for Medical Marijuana
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, many states in the United States didn’t allow patients or registered organizations to carry out telemedicine for medical marijuana, whether for evaluations, registrations, or obtaining a medical marijuana card. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the authorities have made temporary policy changes and allowed dispensaries to start telemedicine platforms for virtual visits.
Schedule an Online Consultation and Evaluation With Indica MD
If you’re looking to treat your medical condition with medical marijuana, you first need to qualify to obtain and use it. Get in touch with Indica MD for online registration, evaluation, and instant delivery of your electronic medical marijuana card. We are among the top registered medical marijuana suppliers in Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Manhattan, and surrounding areas in New York. Using our telehealth platform, you can talk to our specialized and state-licensed physicians on a real-time video call for medical marijuana recommendations.
For more information about our medical marijuana services and online appointments, call us at 917-979-4696 or connect with us online!
*The content of this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider*