Medical marijuana has been legal in The Empire State since 2014, but it hasn’t always been easy to access. Patients in New York have to be approved by a medical professional and must acquire their marijuana from a licensed dispensary. Those products can be expensive and aren’t typically covered by insurance. One company, Vireo Health, recommends patients bring between $100 and $350 on their first visit to a dispensary.
New York’s Cannabis Control Board issued regulations Thursday to allow medical marijuana users and their caregivers to grow their own supply at home.
Hochul was quick to assemble the Cannabis Control Board upon taking office in August. It held its second meeting on Thursday.
The proposal, now open to public comment for 60 days, would permit the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants in a private residence. The regulation will take effect after the commentary period closes and the board finalizes its language.
There are exceptions, such as no smoking in the car even while it’s parked and no smoking on outdoor patios at bars and restaurants.
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This will be regulated by the Office Cannabis Management.
“It’s a lot more complicated than one might think, because sometimes charges can be grouped together, where they’re not specified,” Cooney said. “That is something that’s going to take a little bit more nuance and time and so we built that into the legislation.”
Right now, New Yorkers can smoke marijuana almost everywhere they can smoke tobacco.
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