The state of New York released proposed regulations for the forth coming medical marijuana program slated to start in the next year. Businesses hoping to grow medical marijuana must pay a $10,000 application fee and an additional $200,000 if they are chosen for the two-year license. This is a sizable increase in fees compared to current medical marijuana state programs.
No outdoor growing will be permitted and businesses applying will need to show detailed plans illustrating their competence in both tracking and dispensing medical marijuana. Similar to other states, both doctors and patients will be registered in a state managed database.
Although the state would not comment on exactly how many applicants they were expecting, Courtney Burke, the state’s Deputy Secretary for Health and Mental Hygiene said,
“Based on our stakeholder engagement process, we don’t expect there to be any lack of interest.”said
Another curveball, only specific strains, oils, and pills (capsules) will be allowed. Distribution of neither flowers, nor edibles will be permitted. The specifics of the final items that make the cut will be chosen at a later date by the commissioner of health. Terence O’Leary, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety stated, “Whole-leaf or flower marijuana will not be allowed.” He continued, “There are real concerns about the dosing consistency of edibles.”
The proposed regulations will be published on December 31 in the New York State Register. The public has 45 days from then to comment on the regulations. With such a narrow minded, vaguely written bill on the table, one can only hope intelligently driven comments from industry groups and citizens alike will help shape the final regulations into something more acceptable for New York medical patients.