New regulations would allow for more medical marijuana products

APRIL 15 2017

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Five medical marijuana dispensaries will be setting up shop in New York, with two to come to Nassau County, according to an Aug 1 announcement from The New York State Department of Health.

Health officials announced new regulations Thursday that will permit new forms of the drug, including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges as well as topical lotions, ointments and patches.

New medical marijuana policies could be coming to New York State in the coming months.

Along with the product changes, the new regulations also make changes for doctors and dispensaries.

The new regulations will also allow prospective patients and practitioners to enter a dispensing facility to speak directly with a representative.

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"As always, we will continue to remain laser-focused on serving patients suffering from serious conditions like chronic pain, cancer, ALS and HIV/AIDS", the statement read, referring to conditions that patients are allowed to use medical marijuana to alleviate.

As of Tuesday there were 26,561 patients authorized to obtain medical marijuana in the state.

For more information, visit the state's website. The five companies already operating were opposed to letting new players in, however, saying the market isn't big enough to divvy up further.

The move has angered the original five marijuana companies, four of which have sued the state in an attempt to block it.

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