Medical Marijuana Cards in Rochester

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Read this to know how to get your Medical Marijuana Cards in Rochester, NY.

Rochester is on located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in  western NY in the county of Monroe. It is the third most populous city in New York state, and has a population of just over one million people.

Rochester was one of the United States’ first boomtowns.  With the surge in population and economic stimulation due to the fertile Genesee River Valley, flour mills flourished , and manufacturing found it’s hub.Two well known research universities,  University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology) have made their home in Rochester. In addition, major companies have set up shop, most notably KodakWestern UnionFrench’sBausch & LombGleason and Xerox.

Here is a fact about Rochester that I bet you don’t know.  With the legalization of Medical Marijuana in New York, New Yorkers are now able to treat their severe medical condition with medical marijuana. There are two dispensaries near Rochester, as of this writing, that make this easily accessible. Lauraine Kanders, a registered medical marijuana practitioner, has an outstanding reputation in the industry and can help you to get certified for medical cannabis.  Her company, Medical Marijuana Recs NY is a premier certifying online service and will meet all of your needs as you seek to get your card.  She will review your documents at no cost and will tell you if you have a  qualifying condition. The formal consult will occur online where you will connect to the practitioner with a device of your choice through a secure HIPAA compliant video chat platform. You will discover how to improve your well being using medical cannabis because these practitioners place a strong emphasis on education during the consultation.  Enjoy staying home to get certified in a matter of minutes! Visit the dispensary the same day!

Columbia Care Rochester

Why Medical Marijuana?


There is a growing question in patients’ minds after the spate of vape related deaths across the country. You may be asking too: What is Vaping? What are the risks? Let’s explore this based on my practice with medical marijuana in New York.

First Off, Why Did Vape Become Popular?

Some say Hon Lik invented the modern vape in China which is one of the world’s most populous countries. However, the very first vape patent filed was in America. Herbert Gilbert tried to get a patent for a “non-tobacco cigarette that was smokeless”. He got the patent granted in 1965. The main idea behind the vape was to take away the smoke of tobacco (and its harmful effects on lungs) whilst retaining the flavor or tobacco/nicotine.

The e-cigarette and the US based vaping industry has grown rapidly in the past decade or so. Today, the United States is the world’s largest vape market ($ 10.26 billion), with over nine million users spending $3.7 billion per year on vape-related products.

So, is Vaping Safe?

The main advantage promoted by active Vapers is that e-cigarettes do not produce smoke and hence are not cancer causing or harmful to the lungs. However, what is not known by all is that breathing in second-hand vapor is not “harmless.

The aerosol from e-cigarettes contains many potentially harmful chemicals, including lead and other heavy metals. It also has flavorings including diacetyl, which has been linked to lung disease.

The chemicals found in e-cigarette liquid, known as “e-juice,” may also be a potential cause of popcorn lung. According to the American Lung Association, using electronic cigarettes or vaping, particularly the flavored varieties, can cause popcorn lung.  In the UK, for example, diacetyl has been banned in e-cigarette liquid as a flavor ingredient.

Even without these extreme effects, there are these common side effects:

Irritation. Because they are heated to a high temperature, components in vape juice may irritate the mouth and airways.

Inflammation. Nicotine-free vaping also appears to trigger an immune system response.

Toxicity. Nicotine-free e-cigarette liquid may be toxic to cells.

Recent Trends That Amp Up The Dangers Of Vaping

A spate of recent deaths in the US have been linked to the use of Vaping mechanisms including e-Cigarettes. These deaths raise even more concern about the safety and regulation of e-cigarettes. At the time of writing this article, there have been at least 450 cases of lung illnesses associated with vaping across 33 states and the US Virgin islands.

The federal and health official investigations are ongoing but the jury is still out on what has led to so many deaths and illnesses related to vaping in recent times. However, the initial investigations do show a clear link between the use of e-Cigarettes and cannabinoid products like THC.

Tocopheryl Acetate, or vitamin E-acetate, is a common and easily obtainable chemical used in skincare products. New York state health department officials identified that extremely high levels of vitamin E acetate are found in nearly all cannabis-containing vaping products (especially the candy flavored vapes) that were analyzed as part of the investigation. Vitamin E Acetate is currently implicated in BOTH the legal and black-market industries and is being linked to many of the rising health issues.

If You Vape, Know This

First off, just to be very clear, e-cigarettes should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.

Next, notwithstanding all investigations into the recent deaths, the American Lung Association has categorically warned that e-Cigarettes are NOT safe – they cause irreversible lung damage and all manner of complications.

Third, the American Medical Association has urged the public to avoid the use of e-Cigarette products – at the very least they will lead to coughing, shortness of breath or chest pain, or at worst death.

Cartridge makers for e-Cigarettes use anything between MCT oils to vegetable glycerin emulsifiers in their production. The FDA determined recently that these “food grade” items are actually toxic when inhaled into your lungs. Everyday, tests are showing that newer kinds of odorless and tasteless chemical thickening agents – no one knows what these ingredients are capable of when burned at such high temperatures and what effects they have on our bodies.

Conclusion : If You Vape For Any Reason

The E-cig vaping industry is vastly unregulated today. It is best to play it safe and avoid e-cigarette vaping until better controls, certification and regulations are in place. You can rest reassured that medical marijuana dispensaries in NY manufacture vape cartridges without Vitamin E acetate, the ingredient suspected to cause adverse pulmonary reactions in reported cases.

If you choose to Vape cannabis products, learn how to spot the differences in the appearance of the oil and how it affects you in the first use. If you experience wheezing, coughing, short of breath, or experience any chest pain, immediately discontinue using the product and consult your provider.

Secondly, make sure that the brand manufacturers are completely transparent on how they source or manufacture their cartridges and check whether they have external lab results indicating that all the ingredients are safe. Do your own safety checks before purchasing any brand – especially since in this unregulated market it is easy to knock off popular label names and filling them with low-grade , toxic ingredients. Stay safe – ask for lab results. You need not worry about this aspect for medical marijuana. It is a highly regulated industry in NY.

Lastly, it is best to become a medical marijuana certified patient – that is the only regulated section of the entire cannabis market. Medical Marijuana is regulated and in accordance with strict state-based regulations that go through mandatory 3rd party testing to verify safety and purity. You owe it yourself and your loved ones to take care of yourself in light of the recent vape lung disease episodes. At Medical Marijuana Recs NY, we provide our visitors with online video chats to become certified for Medical Marijuana in New York State. Our group of NPs and doctors strive towards helping get certified. After you receive your medical marijuana certificate with Medical Marijuana Recs NY, you should also consider the opinion of the dispensary pharmacist. At times you will be given a dosing recommendation on your certificate and at other times you will be given the opportunity to have the pharmacist assist you with this. Your certificate is your passport into the dispensary. When you visit, present your certificate and attend a schedule consult with the dispensing pharmacist to talk about condition and the goals of therapy to determine the appropriate dose and formulation. 

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The Process


By following some easy steps, you can get certified for medical marijuana in Brooklyn through our portal. Each state follows has its own regulations. But we thoroughly understand the requirements for getting a certification in NY, and cater to people who qualify for MM use within the state.




That is it! After you get your card, you will head to one the New York City Dispensaries to meet with a pharmacist to obtain products. The provision of the certificate and the card, however, depends on whether you qualify for the use according to the laws of the state.


We service all parts of Rochester! Whether you are from Brighton, Wheatland, Ogden, Parma, Pittsford  or anywhere else…we are here for you, online!

Our video chat conference allows you to connect with our medical cannabis specialists from your home on your device at your convenience.

New Yorkers, we have helped countless patients and would love to help you too! Partner with Medical Marijuana Recs NY and book an appointment today.

“Feel Better, Heal Better and Live Better!”


Meet Your Local Dispensaries

“Columbia Care’s Manhattan dispensary is the very first medical marijuana dispensary in New York State. We serve patients from all five boroughs of New York City and across New York State.”


Phone: 585-678-8390
Address: 200 West Ridge Rd, Building 28 of the Kodak Building, Rochester, NY 14615
Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday (walk in hours 1-4 PM), Tuesday and Wednesday 9 AM-4 PM, Thursday 10 AM-6PM, 10AM- 5 PM, Saturday 10AM-2PM
Products: Sublingual tinctures, Vaporization Oils, Hard-Pressed Tablets, Lotions, Suppositories

Columbia Brooklyn

Columbia Care Dispensary – Manhattan

Columbia Care Riverhead

Columbia Care Rochester

“Our mission is to provide patients suffering from debilitating and life-threatening illnesses with compassionate service and access to high-quality medical marijuana from trained medical professionals.”

Phone: (585) 242-0403
Address: 1150 University Ave Bldg 5 Suite 7, Rochester, NY 14607
Hours: Closed Sunday, Monday, 10 AM-7 PM Tuesday, 10AM-6PM Wednesday 10AM-6PM, Thursday Closed, Friday , 10 AM-7PM Saturday 10 AM- 3 PM
Products: Capsules, Oral Spray, Powder, Suppository, Tablet, Tincture, Topical, Vape Cartridge



FP WELLNESS – Rochester

Fiorello Pharmaceuticals

Columbia Care Rochester