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NY to expand medical marijuana program, allow deliveries

August 30, 2016 03:12 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is expanding its medical marijuana program.

The state's Department of Health says Tuesday that it will soon allow nurse practitioners to authorize the drug for patients, and allow dispensaries to make deliveries to help patients who cannot leave their homes.

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Additionally, the state will consider whether to make chronic pain a condition eligible for marijuana, and begin plans for more dispensaries around the state.

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says more than 7,000 New Yorkers have been authorized for medical marijuana since the program began in January. He says the state will continue to look for ways to improve the program for patients and practioners.

Under the program patients with qualifying conditions can get a physician's permission to obtain non-smokable forms of marijuana at state-regulated dispensaries.

“New York’s Medical Marijuana Program has rapidly progressed, certifying more than 7,000 patients across the state and registering more than 675 physicians in just the first seven months,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “Since launching the program, the Department has worked closely with doctors, patients and registered organizations to gather information relevant to strengthening the program in anticipation of the required two-year report. We are constantly evaluating the program to make it more effective for patients and practitioners, and we believe that the implementation of these recommendations will do just that.”

More information on the two-year report for the Medical Use of Marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act is available here.

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(Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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