Changes to NY's medical marijuana program being considered

New regulations would allow for more medical marijuana products

New regulations would allow for more medical marijuana products

NY will allow ointments, lozenges and chewable tablets as part of its medical marijuana program while the state's training program for doctors will be cut in half, the Department of Health announced Thursday.

Under a series of proposals, approved patients would have access to lotions, ointments, patches and chewable tablets.

The state also intends to create a shorter two-hour course for medical practitioners interested in the program, in addition to the current four-hour course.

"We're gauging the situation as we go", said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, adding that the need for more dispensaries came with the increasing number of certified patients since NY legalized medical marijuana in 2014.

If these guidelines are adopted New Yorkers would see a few changes to the current medical marijuana setup.

The new regulations will also allow prospective patients and practitioners to enter a dispensing facility to speak directly with a representative.

The newest concoctions of cannabis would be added to the capsules and liquids or oils for vaporizing.

For more information, visit the state's website. That will kick off a 30-day public comment period, after which the Health Department can officially adopt the rules.

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