NY to Broaden Medical Marijuana Program

Henrietta Brewer
August 11, 2017

"This is yet another positive step forward for New York State's Medical Marijuana Program", said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

Another change would be that patients could bring people other than only designated caregivers to dispensaries. Smoking marijuana remains prohibited under the.

As of Tuesday there were 26,561 patients authorized to obtain medical marijuana in the state.

The state also intends to create a shorter two-hour course for medical practitioners interested in the program, in addition to the current four-hour course.

Under the new regulations, the DOH is also loosening restrictions on advertising at dispensaries and "clarifying laboratory testing methods". He added that medical marijuana products will also be tested with a broader range of bacteria and mold to determine their quality and resistance to contaminants.

Last week, the state Health Department announced the addition of five new companies to the program, with the intention of making products more accessible and affordable. But officials say they're continuing to look for ways to tinker with the rules to make it easier for patients to get the help they need.

Vireo operates a medical marijuana production facility at Tryon Technology Park in Fulton County. The five companies already operating were opposed to letting new players in, however, saying the market isn't big enough to divvy up further.

New medical marijuana policies could be coming to New York State in the coming months.

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