New York will roll out its medical marijuana program Thursday when dispensaries open, dispersed throughout the state from New York City to Albany. Eight dispensaries are slated to launch this week.

The Compassionate Care Act was signed into law in July 2014, and will allow patients with debilitating or life threatening conditions to obtain medical marijuana. The Department of Health includes patients with these conditions as eligible: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, and Huntington's disease. 

Patients suffering from these conditions would have to see a registered physician to receive a prescription. Doctors are required to pay for a $249 four-hour online course in order to receive licensing. The Department of Health has not published a list of registered physicians, but will "soon post a list of those registered physicians who consent to providing their names and specialties," according to its site.

Those with certification from a registered physician are then required to register with the Medical Marijuana program through the Department of Health's site and pay the $50 application fee. Once the patient has been approved, they will receive a registry identification card through the mail. Patients then must schedule an appointment with one of the authorized facilities to meet with a pharmacist, who can prescribe them up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana.

Here are the locations of some of the registered New York marijuana dispensaries:

Bloomfield Industries

Erie County location: 52 S. Union Rd., Williamsville

Onondaga location: 1304 Buckley Rd., Syracuse

Columbia Care New York

New York location: 212 E. 14th St., New York


Albany County location: 402 N. Pearl Street, Albany

Ulster County location: 445 State Route 28, Kingston


Erie County location: 25 Northpointe Parkway, Amherst

Onondaga location: 642 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool

Vireo Health of New York

Westchester County location: 221-223 E. Post Road, White Plains