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 June 11, 2015
new york medical marijuana

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By David Borden

Today state officials in New York will close the application process to open a dispensary.

According to numbers from the New York Post, the state has already brought in $3 million from the selection process by charging 300 perspective dispensary owners $10,000 a pop to file their bid to attain one of the five permits being distributed in the state.

These permits would allow their holder to open four dispensaries, and 20 dispensaries in total would be allowed to open in a state with a population of 19.75 million. The idea of one dispensary per 1 million residents does not really float with any goals for there to be ease of access, but with how limited the conditions list is, it shouldn’t be much of an issue as dispensing kicks off in 2016. However, patients upstate are worried about the travel times that would be required to access their medicine.

Lightly processed flowers, as in trimmed, dried, and cured, will not be available to New York patients. This is due to the ban on smoking medical cannabis — only oils, edibles, and vapable products will be for sale.

Not everyone in New York is happy with how the state’s regulations turned out. State Assembly Leader Richard Gottfried told a Drug Policy Alliance event, “Last June, we were about to pass in both houses and the Governor calls me and Diane Savino down to his office and says ‘This is how we’ve got to change it.’ Maybe we should have told him to stuff it and passed it how it was and had him veto it, but we decided to bargain with him. We got a lot of really bad changes into the legislation and when they came out with the regulations they were even worse.”

Hopefully after the kinks are worked out in the distribution process, New York’s medical cannabis program will redevelop into something a bit more inclusive. Right now, lots of folks will be left out of the loop when it comes to using cannabis as effective medicine.

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  9 Responses to “New York Medical Marijuana Program Brings In $3 Million From Application Process”

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    If you only knew about the state’s drug laws, you would imagine New York to be somewhere in the Deep South, not one of the most liberal parts of the country. What are these people thinking??

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    As an upstate New Yorker who follows this unfolding story every day, the New York Post’s claim that the state “has already brought in $3 million” should be taken with a grain of salt. Yesterday, the state Department of Health released the actual list of 43 applicants for the 5 cannabis cultivation licenses at stake. New York’s medical cannabis law has strict conditions including that each of the 43 applicants had to put up $210,000 in fees, $200,000 of which is refundable to the 38 applicants NOT awarded licenses. (We can’t even truthfully call it medical “marijuana” in New York, since NO ONE will be able to prescribe, sell or consume properly cured, seedless, female cannabis flowers.) My calculator says the maximum amount New York can earn from the initial phase of this process is $1,430,000.

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    This little blip on the 2015 fiscal report is going to give the politicians dollar signs for eyes. $_$ And that’s the fastest way to get laws changed.

    They’ll finally see that this is a serious issue. Not because there are millions of people calling for legalization, not because there are countless pundits advocating for a more sensible approach to a failed drug war… but because there’s a ton of money to be made, and any politician would love to take credit for bringing in a few extra million each year even if it’s from nasty old devil’s weed.

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      devil shmevel
      How about we prosecute and imprison them for warring on us, refusing to allow us to work instead?

  4.  

    And this is why the underground market will continue to thrive.

  5.  

    IS ANDREW CUOMOS pot dealer going to get a license? what a hipocrit and why dont these pols where a jacket with the patches of who own them just like racing jackets, just so we know why they lie.

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      Cuome is a MURDERER…4 children have died cause he wouldn’t allow early CBD medicine for those who needed it…

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    So Borden gets his info on national policy from the NY Post? WTF? Is this guy strapped for sources or what? He should try smoking pot for once, it provides neuroprotection.

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