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New York: Dept of Health Adds Organizations to Medical Marijuana Program

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As of August 1, 2017, there are 25,736 certified patients and 1,139 registered practitioners participating in the program and the number of certified patients has increased by 10,744 or 72 percent since the addition of chronic pain in late March

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

The New York State Department of Health yesterday announced that it has authorized five additional registered organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in New York State, an initiative aimed at improving patient access and the geographic distribution of dispensing facilities across the state. The newly approved organizations are Citiva Medical, Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, New York Canna, PalliaTech NY and Valley Agriceuticals.

New York: Day Before Deadline, Marijuana Patients and Families Rally At Governor's Office

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Patients, Families Demand Gov. Cuomo Sign Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana Bill

Bill That Would Provide Faster Relief to Suffering Patients Passed NYS Legislature with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support But Needs Cuomo’s Signature to Become Law

One day before the deadline for Governor Cuomo to sign or veto a bill that would create emergency access to medical marijuana, patients and advocates rallied outside his office to demand action. Since the medical marijuana law passed a year ago, not one patient in New York has been able to access medical marijuana and at least four children, who could have likely benefited from it, have tragically died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine.

The emergency access bill was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the New York State legislature last June and delivered to Governor Cuomo on October 30th. He has ten days to sign or veto the bill, making the deadline for action November 11th.

Compassionate Care NY held a press conference urging Governor Cuomo to sign the emergency access bill.

Since last July, advocates have been pressuring the Cuomo Administration to create an interim emergency access program for patients who may not survive the eighteen months or longer that the Governor has said he needs to get the full medical marijuana program up and running. After the Governor’s Office failed to take action, advocates turned to the Legislature.

New York: State Department of Health Announces 5 Medical Marijuana Producers

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The New York State Department of Health (DOH) on Friday announced five companies would be awarded one of the coveted licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York: PharmaCann LLC, Empire State Health Solutions LLC; Columbia Care NY LLC; Etain, LLC; and Bloomfield Industries Inc.

The announcement came after a competitive bidding process through which 43 industry groups contended for the five licenses. Each producer is restricted to opening only four dispensaries each, they will only be allowed to produce five strains or brands of medical marijuana, and all products must be in pill, oil or tincture form. The price of the medicine will be set by the Commissioner of Health.

DOH has said that New York’s medical marijuana program will be fully operational by January 2016. Before the program can become operational, the state must also create a system for registering doctors and patients.

Since July 2014, advocates have been fighting for an emergency access program to get medicine to the critically ill sooner than the January 2016 deadline. But despite a year of advocacy and passing an emergency access bill in both the Senate and Assembly, to date, not one patient in New York has received medical marijuana.

New York: Families To Rally Demanding Governor Grant Access To Medical Marijuana

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Tuesday Marks One-Year Anniversary of Medical Marijuana Bill Signing

New Bill to Provide Faster Relief to Suffering Patients Just Passed NY Legislature with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support – But Needs Cuomo’s Signature to Become Law

On the one-year anniversary of the signing of New York’s medical marijuana law, patients and families will gather in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City Office to urge him to sign a new bill that would create an emergency access program so that critically ill patients could access medical marijuana as soon as possible.

Since the medical marijuana law passed a year ago, not one patient in New York has been able to access medical marijuana and at least four children, who could have likely benefited from it, have tragically died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine.

Compassionate Care NY will hold a press conference urging Governor Cuomo to sign the emergency access bill.

What: Press conference and rally urging Cuomo to create emergency access to medical marijuana

Who:
• Representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
• Dr. Richard Carlton, physician and caregiver
• Elaine Smith, mother of a child with severe epilepsy
• Nancy Rivera, four-time cancer survivor
• Wanda Hernandez, person living with HIV/AIDS

When: Tuesday, July 7, 12:30 PM

Where: Outside Governor Cuomo’s NYC Offices; 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY

New York: Alternative Medicine Associates Applies For Medical Marijuana License

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Alternative Medicine Associates, LLC (AMA), a physician-led, cannabis-based health care provider headquartered in Williamsville, N.Y., has submitted an application to the State Department of Health to become one of five registered organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana in New York State.

The AMA application filled 10 cardboard boxes and totaled 66,000 pages, reports Michael Wooten at WGRZ. It is spearheaded by Gregory F. Daniel, M.D., M.B.A., who will serve as chief executive officer of the organization, which includes a management team comprised of nearly 30 physician entrepreneurs, a pediatric dentist, health care administrators, researchers, pharmacists, security and facility specialists, and business leaders.

The organization plans to operate a 164,000-square foot, indoor cultivation center in the city of Buffalo. The cultivation facility will initially employ approximately 75 workers across several specialized and high-paying job sectors.

The center will include 18 separate harvest rooms large enough to hold approximately 3,400 plants, along with a state-of-the-art laboratory for on-site testing.

Dr. Daniel said the organization seeks to identify and deliver the most clinically effective means of integrating cannabis-based medicine into comprehensive treatment plans for patients experiencing chronic and terminal illnesses.

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