New York: New Regulatory Changes To Expand Medical Marijuana Access

ALBANY, NY — Newly enacted regulatory changes to the state’s medical cannabis program are expected to result in increased patient access.

As of this week, patients suffering from chronic pain conditions are now eligible to qualify for cannabis therapy.

In January, a National Academies review of over 10,000 scientific abstracts acknowledged that “conclusive” evidence exists to support the use of cannabis in pain treatment.

Another change in the program allows physician…

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New York Adds Chronic Pain as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana Program

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NEW YORK—The New York State Department of Health announced Thursday that they will expand New York’s beleaguered medical marijuana program by adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition under New York’s Compassionate Care Law.

This decision by the Department of Health is a victory for patient advocates and for all New Yorkers who suffer from debilitating pain,  which medical marijuana has been proven to help treat.

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New York: Medical Marijuana Too Expensive; Access Difficult for Most Patients

Seventy-seven Percent of Patients & Caregivers Surveyed Who Accessed the Program Say They Cannot Afford the Medicine They Need

On January 7th 2016, New York became the 23rd state to rollout its medical marijuana program. The law, which was passed in June of 2014, took eighteen months to implement and has been criticized as being one of the most restrictive and burdensome programs in the country. Since the program was launched, patients and advocates have been frustrated by numerous barriers to accessing the program, including difficulty…

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7 Ways New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Falls Short

7 Ways New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Falls Short

What looks to be the country’s tightest medical marijuana program has an extremely limited number of producers and retailers, a tiny number of eligible patients, a dearth of doctors, and forbids both smoking marijuana and using edibles.

New York’s long-delayed medical marijuana program finally rolled out this month, not with a bang, but with a whimper. What looks to be the country’s tightest medical marijuana program has an extremely limited number of producers and retailers, a tiny number of eligible patients, a dearth of doctors, and…

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New York’s Medical Marijuana Program is Already a Failure

New York’s Medical Marijuana Program is Already a Failure

NEW YORK, NY — New York’s medical marijuana program officially launched this week, but has gotten off to a very slow start by all accounts.

Here’s a look at New York state’s medical marijuana program by the numbers:

  • 19.75 million – New York State’s population according to the 2014 census.
  • 174 doctors have registered with the state department of health to recommend medical marijuana to patients.
  • 71 patients have enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program.
  • 30 day supply of medical marijuana products may be purchased by…

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New York to Launch Medical Marijuana Program Tomorrow

New York to Launch Medical Marijuana Program Tomorrow

Significant Concerns About the Program – Including Low Physician Enrollment – Remain

NEW YORK, NY — The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced Tuesday that New York’s medical marijuana program will officially open on Thursday, January 7th.

While the state has authorized 20 dispensaries to open statewide, only eight will open on Thursday, with the rest slated to open later in January, leaving huge areas of the state without access to a dispensary.

This marks the first time that patients in New York can legally purchase…

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New York’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Opening Thursday

New York’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Opening Thursday

ALBANY, NY — Medical marijuana is finally coming to the Empire State.

The New York State Department of Health announced Tuesday that the state’s medical marijuana program will officially launch on Thursday, with several dispensaries opening throughout the state.

Once launched, the program will make approved forms of medical marijuana, which has been shown to help alleviate pain and enhance the quality of life for individuals suffering from certain diseases, available with a physician’s certification at designated dispensaries across New…

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New York Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

New York Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

Patients and Families Applaud Gov. Cuomo and Call on Health Department to Implement Law Quickly and Get Medicine to Critically Ill Patients

NEW YORK, NY — After months of pressure from patients and advocates, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday that will expedite access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients in the Empire State.

In June, with overwhelming bipartisan support, both houses of the legislature passed A.7060 (Gottfried) / S.5086 (Griffo), directing the state to establish a program to help…

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Patients to Rally at New York Governor’s Office for Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana

Patients to Rally at New York Governor’s Office for Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana

Bill That Would Provide Faster Relief to Suffering Patients Passed NYS Legislature with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support But Needs Cuomo’s Signature to Become Law

NEW YORK, NY — One day before the deadline for Governor Cuomo to sign or veto a bill that would create emergency access to medical marijuana, patients and advocates will rally outside his office to demand action.

  • When: Tuesday, November 10th, 10:00 AM
  • Where: Outside Governor Cuomo’s NYC Offices; 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY

Since the medical marijuana law passed a year ago, not…

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New York: Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill Delivered to Governor’s Desk

New York: Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill Delivered to Governor’s Desk

Advocates: Not One Patient Has Yet Received Medical Marijuana and Four Children Have Died Waiting in the Past 15 Months; Cuomo Must Sign or Take Other Action to Provide Relief to Suffering Patients

ALBANY, NY — Friday, the New York State Assembly delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo a bill to expedite access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients.  Cuomo now has ten days to sign or veto the bill.

In June, with overwhelming bipartisan support, both houses of the legislature passed A.7060 (Gottfried) / S.5086 (Griffo), directing the…

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One Year Later, Patients & Families Demand Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana in New York

One Year Later, Patients & Families Demand Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana in New York

Not One Patient Has Yet Received Medical Marijuana; Gov. Cuomo Must Sign a Emergency Access Bill or Take Other Action to Provide Relief to Suffering Patients

NEW YORK, NY — On the one year anniversary of the signing of New York’s medical marijuana law, patients and families gathered in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City Office to urge him to sign a new bill to expedite access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients.

Since the medical marijuana law passed a year ago, not one patient in New York has been able to access medical marijuana, and at least four children, who could have likely benefited from it, have died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine.

“It’s a year and a half since Governor Cuomo announced in the State of the State message that he…

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New York Passes Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

New York Passes Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

Patients and Families Demand Governor Sign the Bill into Law Immediately

ALBANY, NY — Monday night, in an unusual show of bipartisan support, the New York Senate voted 50 to 12 in favor of a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo, that directs the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.

The Assembly version, sponsored by Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, passed last week by an overwhelming majority (130-18). The bill now goes to Governor Cuomo for his signature or veto.

The passage of this bill comes almost exactly one year after the legislature passed New York’s medical marijuana law and almost ten months after the Governor urged the Health Commissioner to do everything in his power to get medical…

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Action Alert: New York Needs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

Action Alert: New York Needs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

ALBANY, NY — Nearly a year ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a medical cannabis bill into law after insisting on significant revisions. As a result, patients with several serious medical conditions were excluded and protections for patients waiting for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn were removed.

At least four children who could have benefited from medical cannabis have died since the bill became law, and no patients have received access to cannabis.

The Assembly has already passed this important bill  in a 130-18 vote. But if the Senate does not act this week, patients will be left in the lurch for many more months.

The Department of Health is moving forward slowly with…

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New York Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

New York Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

ALBANY, NY — Lawmakers in the New York Assembly have voted to approve a bill that would create a program providing emergency access to medical marijuana for patients with the most urgent needs, including children suffering from severe epilepsy.

Assembly Bill 7060, and its identical companion legislation in the Senate (Senate Bill 5086), would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.  The bill was introduced by Assembly Health Committee…

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Source: The Daily Chronic