New medical marijuana products coming to NY

Customers buy products at a medical marijuana dispensary in Calif

The changes proposed Thursday would also allow prospective patients and health providers to enter a retail outlet to speak directly with staff about products, even if they have not yet been certified to participate in the program.

The state health department is looking to expand its medical marijuana program.

"The New York State Department of Health is committed to growing the state's Medical Marijuana Program responsibly", said Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

"Anything that creates more patient access so that more New Yorkers who are suffering from life-threatening and debilitating diseases could benefit from the program is something that we welcome", said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of NY.

Some of the conditions now covered under the medical marijuana program are cancer, HIV and AIDS, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy.

Officials hope some rule changes will improve program experience for patients, practitioners, and manufacturers. "This is a great step toward reducing costs and improving patients' options".

Patients will be able to get lotions, lozenges, patches and chewable tablets containing the drug for the first time this fall.

The newest concoctions of cannabis would be added to the capsules and liquids or oils for vaporizing.

In addition, the proposed regulations also make a number of changes to help enhance the medical marijuana program.

The state also plans to create a new, shorter training program for physicians interested in authorizing medical marijuana for patients. These changes include broadening the capability of registered organizations to advertise, streamlining the manufacturing requirements for medical marijuana products, amending security requirements, and clarifying laboratory testing methods, among other actions.

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