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NY: NPs Can Soon Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Albany – By the end of the month, New York nurse practitioners will be able to certify patients for medical-marijuana prescriptions, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday. Under the amendment, which goes into effect on Nov. 30, state-registered nurse practitioners will be able to certify patients for medical marijuana. The nurses will first need […]

NY: State Presses Onward With Medical Marijuana Program Expansions

The state Department of Health on Tuesday officially filed amendments and proposed rules for New York’s medical marijuana program that will allow it to authorize nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients. Those expansions are not surprising and conform with proposals DOH issued in August. The department also said it expects to make a […]

NY: Lack Of Tax Revenue From Medical Marijuana Attributed To Strict Regulations

Johnson City – Broome County is struggling to meet its goals of tax revenue from medical marijuana. $1,000 is the sum of the taxes earned by Broome County in 2016 from medical marijuana sales, which is 0.11 percent of the projected $850,000 that it thought it would gain. “We even budgeted conservatively based on those […]

NY: Third Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Albany County Opens This Weekend

Colonie, N.Y. – This weekend, the third, and final, medical marijuana dispensary in Albany County opens its doors. The facility, which opens on Sunday, is not like those you might find in California or Colorado, with their shelves stocked with cookies, and brownies and other edibles for sale. It actually looks very much like an […]

NY: Pot Dispensary Will Help Bronx Residents Legally Treat Their Pain

Starting next week, more New Yorkers will be able to score weed without looking over their shoulders. On Monday, the Hunts Point PharmaCannis medical marijuana dispensary opens to the public, the second such outlet in the city and the first in The Bronx – and Margaret Craighead is set to be the first customer. “It […]

NY: Expecting $850,000 In Medical Marijuana Revenue, County Receives $320

Broome County expected $850,000 in excise tax revenue in 2016 from the passage of the state’s medical marijuana act. Instead, just $320 has so far come through. That’s according to expected and actual excise tax revenues listed in the County Executive’s 2017 proposed budget, and reflects the amount in revenue received as of the end […]

NY: Columbia Care Making Changes To Improve Access To Medical Marijuana

Rochester, N.Y. – Columbia Care, a local medical marijuana dispensary that opened early last year, has been criticized for not being accessible, lack of medical variations, and not enough doctors in their network. CEO Nicholas Vita says they have made changes, beginning with adding new meds. “We have inhalable vaporizers, pins – which are a […]

New York’s Fledgling Medical Marijuana Industry Faces Hurdles

At a shuttered youth detention center, old dormitories now house the marijuana plants that town leaders hope will treat chronic economic downturn. At Vireo Health, the company occupying part of the former Tryon Detention Center in Perth, leaders are optimistic their business can bring a much needed boost to the local economy. “In the greater […]

New York’s Medical Pot Program Is An Obstacle Course

Jen McTamaney isn’t counting steps anymore. Her pain was once so unbearable that she knew how many excruciating steps it took to reach the bathroom and kitchen in her Plattekill home. These days, she dares to think of the day when she can ride her Harley again. McTamaney is one of 7,627 New Yorkers enrolled […]

NY: Medical Marijuana Program Must Do Better

Press releases from government agencies frequently contain a fair amount of spin, but state Department of Health’s Tuesday announcement about its medical marijuana program was an absurdly positive portrayal of a system that is badly failing to help people. In announcing what it labeled as enhancements to the program, the health department also attempted to […]

NY: Medical Marijuana Company Has Financial Issues

Bloomfield Industries, one of five companies in New York with a medical marijuana license, is now seeking new ownership due to financial trouble, a spokesperson with the New York State Department of Health confirmed on Thursday. “Bloomfield Industries has made us aware of its recent financial constraints, and we are monitoring the situation closely,” a […]

NY: Medical Community, Parents Speak On Medical Marijuana

Amherst, N.Y. – Parents and medical professionals from Medical Cannabis Connection say they’ve seen first-hand how the drug helps seizure and pain patients. They met Thursday night in Amherst to talk about the benefits of the drug and how to change people’s misconceptions about it. “It was about my children at first, then it was […]

NY: Retail Workers Union, Medical Marijuana Manufacturer Ratify Historic Contract

Local 338 of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, UFCW, and Vireo Health New York recently announced that they have reached a labor agreement – the first union contract in the history of New York State’s new medical cannabis industry. The agreement, according to Vireo, covers current and future employees at its cultivation and […]

NY: Medical Marijuana Program Expanding

The New York State Department of Health recently announced that, based on a statewide needs assessment, it will implement numerous recommendations through new regulations and guidelines to enhance its Medical Marijuana Program. The recommendations, which will improve access for patients suffering from severe, debilitating and life-threatening conditions, include authorizing nurse practitioners to certify patients for […]