NYS takes steps it says should make access to medical marijuana easier

Nassau County will get two new medical marijuana dispensaries within the coming year

Officials are also easing rules that prevent anyone other than certified patients from entering dispensaries.

New medical marijuana policies could be coming to New York State in the coming months.

He added: "The addition of these registered organizations will make it easier for patients across the state to obtain medical marijuana, improve the affordability of medical marijuana products through the introduction of new competition, and increase the variety of medical marijuana products available to patients".

Some of the conditions now covered under the medical marijuana program are cancer, HIV and AIDS, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. The governor is also considering adding PTSD.

"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. All products will be subject to rigorous testing and the Department will reserve the right to exclude inappropriate products or those which pose a threat to the public. "These regulations will continue to improve the program in several ways, including making new forms of medical marijuana available and improving the dispensing facility experience".

The state also intends to create a shorter two-hour course for medical practitioners interested in the program, in addition to the current four-hour course.

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