21 March 2016
The report goes on to say…
If enacted, the program could see more registered organizations, more doctors and a doubling of the number of dispensaries an organization is allowed, from four to eight.
New York’s medical marijuana program is off to a “slower start” than advocates anticipated, which has, according to Assemblyman Richard Gottfreid (D), impaired access options for registered patients.
“As predicted, the law that we enacted and the regulations implemented were made so restrictive by the executive branch that the program is barely off the ground and many patients in need are not being served,” Gottfried said.
Since the program’s January launch, 482 physicians have completed the course allowing them to recommend cannabis, while 1,934 patients have been certified to use the drug as a treatment option, according to March 18 numbers from the state Health Department.