Medical Marijuana Specialist

Mathew Lefkowitz, MD -  - Interventional Pain Medicine

Mathew Lefkowitz, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine located in Brooklyn Heights, NY

In 2014, New York passed the Compassionate Care Act to establish a medical marijuana program. As a pain management specialist, Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, is able to approve medical marijuana for patients in Brooklyn Heights, New York, who qualify under the program’s guidelines. To explore how you can have access to medical marijuana, call to set up a consultation.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

Who qualifies for medical marijuana?

New York allows the use of medical marijuana to treat the following debilitating and life-threatening conditions.

  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Certain spinal cord damage
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

In 2018, the New York State Department of Health added any condition for which an opioid may be prescribed in order to curb the opioid problem.

The medical marijuana program is available to patients who suffer from the above and have one or more of the following associated or complicating conditions.

  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Severe pain that leads to functional limitations
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • PTSD
  • Opioid use disorder (only if enrolled in a treatment program)

Far and away, the leading associated condition is chronic pain, which was the most prevalent complaint among medical marijuana recipients — almost 73% — between 2015 and 2018.

How do I get qualified for medical marijuana?

The first step in qualifying for medical marijuana is a referral to Dr. Lefkowitz by your physician. Once you have your referral, Dr. Lefkowitz performs an extensive evaluation of your problem to assess your needs. If he finds that you may benefit from medical marijuana, he certifies your request, and then you can register with the New York State Department of Health to obtain a registration card.

Where do I purchase medical marijuana?

When you register as a certified user, you will receive a list of registered organization dispensing facilities. Dr. Lefkowitz can also point you in the right direction. You will need to have your card with you in order to enter and purchase marijuana.

Are there still laws governing marijuana?

There are still laws in place that make marijuana illegal, but the Compassionate Care Act “authorizes the possession, acquisition, use, delivery, transfer, transportation or administration of medical marijuana by a certified patient or designated caregiver possessing a valid registry identification card for certified medical use.”

As with any state-regulated programs, there are plenty of rules and regulations that you need to become familiar with, but, rest assured, Dr. Lefkowitz helps you negotiate the process so that you can get the treatment you need as quickly as possible.

To learn more about whether you may qualify for medical marijuana, please call Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, to set up an appointment or use the online booking tool.