Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Nassau County to get two more medical marijuana dispensaries

Nassau County to get two more medical marijuana dispensaries

Potential patients, meanwhile, will now be able to enter dispensaries to speak to representatives about the products once the new rules take effect.

Medical marijuana could be sold in lotions, patches and as chewable tablets under new rules under consideration by the state Health Department.

The objective in adding five more to the existing five dispensaries is to increase accessibility to medical marijuana, alleviate the cost burden on patients by encouraging corporate competition and create more marijuana products, Department of Health spokesperson Howard Zucker wrote in a release. The changes include having shortened versions of the practitioner's course required to certify patients for medical marijuana. He added that medical marijuana products will also be tested with a broader range of bacteria and mold to determine their quality and resistance to contaminants.

The Health Department is also refining the training program for practitioners. They will then be subject to a 30-day public comment period before they can be adopted.

"We welcome these regulatory changes and are hopeful they will help enhance patient access", he said.

Last week, the state approved five new companies to manufacture and distribute the drug, adding to the five that began operating past year. It also doubles the number of dispensaries that will offer medical marijuana products in NY from 20 to 40.

Now the drug is only available in liquid and oil forms, or a capsule taken orally.

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