Category: Medical Marijuana
| Posted on Sat, April, 4th 2015 by THCFinder
Ever since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put his signature on the Compassionate Care Act last year supporters have been waiting for their biggest fears to come true – the launch of a highly restrictive program that leaves countless patients unable to gain access to effective medicine. Now,the wait is over.
On Wednesday, the New York State Department of Health issued its definitive rules for the state’s medical marijuana program and it appears that none of the concerns expressed over the past several months were even taken into consideration. Earlier this week, The New York Times pointed out the ultra-restrictive nature of the rules outlined in the agency’s meticulous 100-page draft, but concluded that some amendments were likely to occur before they published the final version.
Unfortunately, after receiving hundreds of concerned comments from patients, physicians and lawmakers, no significant changes were made; only corrections to formatting issues, but nothing for the betterment of the program. It remains simply a blueprint to one of the most cut-rate medical marijuana programs in the United States.
“No changes to the proposed regulation were made as a result of these comments,” is the most common line in the health department’s assessment of public comment. Among the concerns includes the fact that the program only allows 10 qualified conditions, as well as a limited number of dispensaries to service the needs of the entire state – posing difficulties for patients with transportation issues. There are also stipulations that will limit the types of edibles and oils that can be cultivated and sold as well as a laundry list of other senseless provisions that will force New Yorkers, young and old, to continue enduring debilitating ailments without the proper treatment.
Although there was hope the health commissioner would pull it together in the end, which the law authorized him to do, most supporters are not surprised by the agency’s decision to maintain the program’s restrictiveness out of what they suggest was needed to “strike the required balance.”
Last year, there was extensive demand on the part of the Cuomo Administration to amend the language of the Compassionate Care Act to purposely set New York’s medical marijuana program up for failure. In the weeks following its passage, key legislative forces, who supported the program, went on record to say that Governor Cuomo never backed medical marijuana and was never compassionate for the hardships of the potentially hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in desperate need of the program.
Read More: http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-issues-final-rules-doomed-medical-marijuana-program