Now Serving Long Island Patients For Medical Marijuana

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A state approved certifying physician offering medical marijuana evaluations and certifications is now available in Suffolk County, Long Island for eligible New York residents.

"I strongly believe that the proper use of medical marijuana can achieve an overall higher quality of life in a number of ways due to its exceptional versatility," says Dr. Chaudhry .

Finding a cannabis friendly doctor in New York seems almost impossible at least from a statistical standpoint. Out of 80,000 active physicians and specialists in New York, only about 0.60% have registered with the NY State Medical Marijuana Program. This means the probability that a patient’s current doctor is a certifying physician for this new program is less than 1%. With these discouraging odds, a majority of patients have no choice but to seek out a new doctor willing to certify them. Internal Medicine Geriatric Associates is one of the very first medical offices in Suffolk County, Long Island to offer medical marijuana evaluations and certifications for eligible patients and join the nationwide network of certifying physicians serving the 23 legal states and D.C..

Long Island Compassionate Medical Center encourages patients to first submit an appointment request on, which includes a pre-qualification survey in order to determine whether or not they meet the minimal requirements to obtain a medical marijuana card. This preliminary step offers patients the convenience of corresponding with the physician without having to make an office visit.

This private practice started accepting new patients in late January, right around the same time the Riverhead dispensary officially opened for business. Dr. Jahan Chaudhry M.D. introduced this alternative service to the practice and named it the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center. Dr. Chaudhry became a state approved certifying physician to especially accommodate cases where conventional treatments or medications proved to be ineffective in improving or alleviating the patient’s condition. Having been in practice for over 15 years of practice, Dr. Chaudhry understands that surgery, injections, pain medications or narcotics that have a high risk of abuse and dependence, or any other invasive procedures are not always successful in controlling or alleviating the symptoms of a debilitating medical condition.

Medical cannabis can act as an appetite stimulant, sleep-aid, and anti-inflammatory; also reduces blood sugar levels, nausea, vomiting, seizures, and suppresses muscles spasms. As a Board Certified Internist with a subspecialty in Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Chaudhry is able to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions including neuropathy (over 20 different forms/types/causes), the most common and prevalent qualifying medical condition amongst certified patients in New York, partially due to the fact that 50% of all diabetic patients develop some form of neuropathy.

Long Island Compassionate Medical Center offers a discreet and comfortable setting for patients to candidly discuss the use of medical cannabis with a knowledgeable and compassionate provider. Patients can easily request an appointment with Dr. Chaudhry by using the booking platform available on, an invaluable resource where patients can find answers about nearly anything related to becoming a legal medical marijuana patient and then research for a doctor most suitable to their needs. Long Island Compassionate Medical Center and its exceptional team are excited to be at the forefront of medical cannabis treatment and pioneer the best practice to evaluate and certify patients for the use of medical cannabis.

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