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New York State Department of Health wants to make it easier for patients to get marijuana

Posted: 2:26 PM, Nov 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-14 23:15:11-05

The New York State Department of Health wants to make it easier for patients to have access to medical marijuana. 

The Department of Health announced that they have issued their second two-year report on the Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act. 

The report recommends a pilot study to assess the cost-benefits of health insurance coverage for medical marijuana users. The report also suggests practitioners certify patients who previously did not qualify for medical marijuana based on clinical evaluation and their discretion. Right now, practitioners are limited to certifying patients whose conditions meet specific criteria outlined by state rules.

According to the health commissioner, almost 81,000 certified patients and more than 2,000 registered practitioners participate in the program. 

Back in July of 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Compassionate Care Act. 

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