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New laws will allow sale of medical marijuana lotions and lozenges

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 16:48:35-04

You'll be able to do more than just smoke marijuana. Try rubbing it on your skin or have it soothe a sore throat.

The NYS Department of Health announced new laws allowing registered organizations to make and distribute various medical marijuana products. Lotions, ointments, patches as well as chewable tablets and lozenges are among the items that will undergo rigorous testing before released to the public.

The new regulations will expand the state's Medical Marijuana Program by allowing patients and practitioners to enter a facility and speak directly with a representative. 

The Department's proposed regulations will also allow shortened versions of the practitioner's course required to certify patients for medical marijuana. Course providers will offer a two-hour session alongside the current four-hour classes.

The regulations will be published in the New York State Register on August 23rd. The public will have 30 days to comment on the laws before they can be adopted.