One hundred sixty-five patients have now qualified for medical cannabis in the state of New York, according to the New York State Health Department.

The number, while modest, represents a doubling of the total number of medical cannabis patients in the state in the past week. According to operators, patients have been seen at every one of the state’s eight dispensaries to have opened since the program’s launch.

The number of doctors participating in the program has also jumped, with 225 doctors now having completed the state-required training. That number is up from the roughly 150 who had completed the training last week. Yet some would-be patients, complaining of a lack of access to participating physicians, still have yet to meet with a certified doctor.

By New York law, the cannabis being offered may only be produced and distributed in pill or liquid form; it may not be distributed as a dry cannabis flowers. Still, several of the state’s patients have expressed approval over the state’s newly-established medical cannabis program.

“When you’re as sick as I am, you’ll try anything,”

said¬†Brittany Barger (photo below), a 27-year-old sufferer of ovarian cancer whose condition has caused her to lose 100 pounds.¬†“With this, I’m hoping to have more good days, and be able to check some more stuff on my bucket list.”

brittany new york(AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz)

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