New York State’s rollout of its medical marijuana program has been far from smooth.
Patients have told News10NBC they have had problems including finding specific medications they need and simply finding a doctor that is permitted to prescribe the drug.
Now, a new report from the state health department aims to fix these issues. The 13-page report from the state Department of Health has a number of recommendations including adding an additional five growers in the next two years, increasing the number of brands allowed in the state and allowing medical staff at schools to administer medical marijuana.
“My first reaction is, well, it is about time,” says Christine Emerson. “And they are all of the recommendations that they initially took out.”
I was on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin discussing my “New York Health Act” single-payer bill, as well as several other end-of-session health policy issues including heroin treatment and medical use of marijuana. Check out the video here.
Vice Media recently produced two videos about patients coping with restrictions in New York’s medical marijuana program and lobbying Albany to lift those restrictions and make the program more accessible:
I represent Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown, and parts of Murray Hill and the Lincoln Center area in the State Assembly. I have been chair of the Assembly Health Committee since 1987. During off hours, I like to write Chinese calligraphy.