Medical marijuana providers rejoice in Cuomo’s policy changes
Officials at major medical marijuana companies are rejoicing in the dramatic policy changes to New York’s Medical Marijuana Program that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday, which aim to improve business for the fledgling nine-month-old industry.
The policy changes focus on improvements to patient access, such as home delivery to patients too ill to travel, and allowing nurses to prescribe the drug, changes which may be implemented as early as the end of September, according to a statement from the Governor’s office.
Two weeks ago the Health Department had appealed to the State with 12 suggestions to ease restrictions on the medical marijuana program that was legalized in 2014. The five medical cannabis companies, which operate a total of 17 dispensaries throughout the state, have struggled to secure a customer base and sustainable cash flow since they began opening in January 2016.
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