Thousands of critically ill New Yorkers have struggled to access medical marijuana, and some doctors are saying state Department of Health failures are keeping the potentially life-saving drug out of reach.
The state agency mishandled regulations on how doctors certify marijuana patients, including thousands in the Lower Hudson Valley suffering from serious illnesses such as epilepsy and cancer, an investigation by The Journal News/lohud has found.
Questions about conflicts, inaccurate statements and botched dispensary openings have also mounted.
One of the potential patients is 5-year-old Vincent Piperato of Thiells, who has Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy.
His mother, Dr. Amy Piperato, has been counting the days since New York enacted its medical marijuana law in 2014. She...
New York State announced that just five organizations wereselected to the manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in the state. That works out to one dispensary for just under every 4 million people in the state.
The five organizations include Bloomfield Industries Inc., Columbia Care NY LLC, Empire State Health Solutions, Etain LLC, and PharmaCann LLC.
Three of the five companies will be operating in Central New York.
Bloomfield Industries, Inc., Etain LLC and PharmaCann LLC will be licensed to dispense medical marijuana in Onondaga County.
Hillary Peckham, a co-owner of Etain says she plans to open a marijuana dispensary at 2140 Erie Boulevard East. It’s an empty storefront right now. She says they hope to open by the end of January.
Each of the companies is licensed to manufacture medical...
New York State has begun accepting applications for its medical marijuana licenses this week. Applicants can submit questions through May 5th and the Department of Health Services (DOH) must answer those questions by May 14th. The deadline for filing an application is May 29th. The nonrefundable application fee is $10,000 and the registration fee is $200,000.The approved applicants will be announced some time in July.
Only five applicants will be approved to cultivate and dispense approved medical marijuana and they are each limited to four dispensaries. This is where things get a little challenging for the approved licensees. The dispensaries must be geographically dispensed or located in multiple counties across the state, but not in counties that are neighboring or in close proximity. So if yo...