New York: Comment On proposed Medical Marijuana Regulatory Changes


I received the following legislative alert out of New York yesterday:

Starting today, and for the next 30 days, the public can comment on the draft rules to make significant improvements to New York’s medical marijuana program. Opponents will surely weigh in, so it’s important the Department of Health hear from the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who want a compassionate, workable medical marijuana program!

Some of the proposed changes would:

  • Allow more cannabis preparations, including topical treatments, chewable preparations, and ground, whole plant (flower) cannabis
  • Reduce the burden on doctors by halving the length of the mandatory medical marijuana course (from four hours to two)
  • Revising unnecessarily onerous security requirements that drive up prices

Please voice your support for regulations that serve patients well, and to ask for further improvements — including to allow whole plant that is not ground, and to make it easier for patients from other states to qualify while they are visiting New York.

We’ve summarized key proposed regulations here and included talking points on several of them. Submit your comments to: [email protected].

If you are a qualifying patient or a medical practitioner who needs help working up comments, or who wants to get more involved, let us know.

Please also share this message with other New Yorkers, so they, too, can speak out in favor of a compassionate medical cannabis program. With your help, we can ensure New York’s medical marijuana program truly works for patients.


Karen O’Keefe
Director of State Policies
Marijuana Policy Project

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