"I know that in New York state, only "registered practitioners" are permitted to issue recommendations."
Registered practitioners are either a Physician or a Nurse Practitioner. Only practitioners that are registered with NYS Medical Marijuana Program can issue you a certificate to recommend for use.
All registered practitioners have undergone a certification course issued by the New York State Department of Health and then have registered through the Department of Health prior to becoming active practitioners on HelloMD.
n New York State, licensed physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants must complete a four (4) hour CME accredited approved online course to be recognized by NYS to be able to certify and recommend a patient for medical cannabis use. They must then register themselves with the NYSDOH Health Commerce System. To find out if your physician is registered, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/practitioner/public_list.htm This is a not a complete list of physicians in the program but physicians who agreed to be publicly listed. We recommend you discuss your physician’s status and willingness to participate in the program directly with him/her.