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New York Assemblyman Wants To Double The Number Of Medical Marijuana Business Licenses

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New York legalized medical marijuana in 2014. It took a long time to get the program off the ground, and even after the programs launch, New York’s medical marijuana program left a lot to be desired. Because New York’s medical marijuana program is so limited, with only a handful of business licenses awarded, there are large parts of the state that have no safe access points at all. New York’s patient base is very small, and scattered all over the state. This scenario is resulting in many patients going without their medicine, if they are even able to qualify as a patient. One Assemblyman wants to change that. Per Capital New York:

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried has introduced legislation that would double the number of medical marijuana manufacturers and dispensaries in the state in the hopes of giving more people better access to the drug.

The legislation, introduced Friday, would enable the state health commissioner to register at least five more organizations to manufacture medical marijuana by next Jan. 1. Each organization would be allowed to operate up to four dispensaries.

Under the state’s current program, which was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014 and began dispensing the drug to seriously ill individuals last month, five organizations were awarded licenses to grow and distribute the drug. However, not all of them were ready to begin operating by the January start date.

This is a good idea in that it allows more people to be involved in New York’s medical marijuana industry. However, it’s a plan that doesn’t go far enough in that there are still a lot of suffering patients that won’t be able to visit those new safe access points if/when they open in their area. What New York really needs is a better medical marijuana program overall, not just one with more growers and dispensaries. There needs to be more qualify conditions added to the program, and patients need to be able to grow their own medicine.

  • 1Bugler1

    Fuck that. Legalize it recreationally. And stop dragging you feet.

  • Great but not far enough; these programs ‘need’ to be streamlined to the hilt. They have to if we want to put an end to marijuana prohibition as quickly as possible.

  • EddyMelv

    BULLSHEET ! Stop the pussy-footing around and get our State government (screw Cuomo) to get together and push this issue down Cuomo’s fat throat to LEGALIZE IT THROUGH A BALLOT INITIATIVE.
    Give us our right to vote on our own civil and private liberties.
    THEN AND ONLY THEN will this issue be addressed appropriately.
    STOP DECIDING ON HOW WE LEAD OUR LIVES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      That’s a good idea to pressure New York and other state governments to let voters decide whether weed should be legal. Maybe they can be shamed into letting their supposed bosses make the decision.
      The NY state Democratic-Republican duopoly will unite to keep that from happening in once proudly progressive New York. No citizen initiatives for you, that would infringe on the politicians’ cozy corrupt deals.
      They need a constitutional convention in New York to clean the place up. Whether to call one or not will actually be on the 2017 election ballot in New York, it get asked every 20 years. If people who want cannabis reform voted for it, it would pass, and perhaps the convention would set in motion change that otherwise isn’t going to happen on devil Cuomo’s watch.

  • JohnnyB

    NY always takes forever they need to increase the base they use for qualifying diseases ,expand also the consumption methods and allow patients access to grow for personal use

  • PhDScientist

    The most important thing is to get Medical Marijuana removed from Schedule 1 IMMEDIATELY so Physicians in all 50 states can prescribe it on the same basis as every other medication.
    For countless Americans, its literally a matter of life and death.

  • bobmendon

    Here’s the deal. As long as big pharma owns Albany on both sides of the asile, nothing will ever get done towards legalizing marijuana. Maybe after they clean more of the corrupt players out of Albany, progress can take place.