N.y. Issues Draft Rules For Medical Marijuana Program – Times Union

“Inhaled vaporized marijuana is both more effective and preferred by patients than smoked marijuana,” said Terence O’Leary , deputy secretary for public safety. Registered businesses will at first be allowed to produce up to five strains of medical marijuana, and those will be subject to independent testing to ensure consistency in chemical content. Some advocates have expressed concern that New York’s regulations will be excessively restrictive. “You don’t want a situation where patients don’t get access or industry groups are unwilling to operate because of the narrowness of the regulatory environment,” said Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance . Sayegh’s group was pleased, however, that the regulations include assistance for low-income people. The drug is not expected to be covered by private insurance companies, O’Leary said. Companies will have to provide the state Health Department with blueprints of every aspect of their proposed operations from infrastructure to projected revenue when they apply to launch dispensaries. Five registered organizations will be selected and each will be allowed to operate up to four dispensaries.
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