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Cannabis For Any Medical Condition in New York

The New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) has announced a significant expansion to the Empire State’s medical cannabis programme. New regulations will allow doctors to prescribe pot for any condition they feel could be helped by cannabinoids. The change marks the beginning of a new era for cannabis users in New York as elements of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) – passed in March 2021 – start to come into effect.

Medical Cannabis In New York

Like many US states, New York’s medical cannabis program had, until now, only allowed doctors to prescribe weed for certain specified conditions such as epilepsy, cancer-related pain and other serious ailments. However, the passing of the MRTA saw control of the programme shifted from the Department of Health to the OCM, which has begun to reshape the medical cannabis landscape.

From now on, medical practitioners in New York will be able to use their discretion when recommending the use of cannabis. They will no longer be limited to a rigid list of qualifying conditions. The move comes less than four months after OCM’s first board meeting. It is the latest in a raft of measures implemented by the office to improve the state’s medical cannabis offering.

In its short life so far, the OCM has already expanded the New York medical cannabis programme to allow for the use of whole flower products while abolishing the $50 registration fee for patients and caregivers. It has also widened the list of clinical practitioners allowed to supply cannabis to include the likes of dentists and midwives, among other clinicians.

Meanwhile, proposals to allow patients to grow their weed at home are currently being assessed, with officials now in the process of reviewing public comments on the subject. Altogether, these developments make the New York medical cannabis programme among the best and most inclusive in the country. The situation is likely to improve even more once the recreational market gets up and running.

Recreational Cannabis In New York

The MRTA paved the way for the legal sale of recreational cannabis in New York. However, regulations governing the new retail market are yet to be hammered out. For now, the legislation merely allows adults to possess and use pot. Yet, lawmakers are busy putting measures in place to ensure that the state’s legal weed industry is as fair and inclusive as possible.

A focus on social equity has always been at the heart of the bill, setting aside fifty percent of all licenses for applicants from minority and disadvantaged communities. Last month, proposals were put forward to ensure that gay, lesbian and bisexual people and trans-gender and non-binary individuals qualify as social equity applicants.

With discussions around the nature of New York’s legal cannabis market still ongoing, it seems highly unlikely that retail sales will begin this year.

However, the wait will be more than worth it if the state gets it right and succeeds in creating a genuinely inclusive industry.

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Ben Taub