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New York Expands the Types of Cannabis Products Sold in Legal Dispensaries.

Lotions, Ointments, Patches, Lozenges, Chewable Tablets and Ground Plant Material.

While New York’s medical marijuana law was, at one time, considered among the most restrictive in the nation, state health officials have been working diligently for the past year to give the program more reach.

The state has added more qualified conditions, allowed more companies to grow and sell marijuana, and now it is expanding the kinds of cannabis products that patients will have the ability to buy at their local dispensary.

Under the new regulations, effective as of December 27, 2017, registered organizations (ROs) are allowed to manufacture and distribute additional products including topicals such as ointments, lotions and patches; solid and semi-solid products, including chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges; and certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material. All products are subject to rigorous testing by the State.

"Ensuring access to medical marijuana for eligible patients is central to the Department's efforts to responsibly grow New York's Medical Marijuana Program," said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "The new regulations will benefit current and prospective patients and practitioners, as well as registered organizations, and continue to build on the progress the program has made since its launch nearly two years ago."

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