Final New York Regulations Are As Strict As Feared

New York cannabis entrepreneurs at long last have final regulations to scour. But they may not be happy about what they read.

The 121 pages of regulations don’t ease up at all from what was initially passed last year by the state legislature, and led one key state legislator to dub the rules “burdensome”.

“Expanding the initial set of regulations would have subjected the State to unnecessary scrutiny and jeopardized the program’s ability to move forward in any meaningful manner,” the health department said, according to

For example, MMJ advocates were hoping that the state Health Department would expand the list of qualifying medical conditions for cannabis, but that wound up not happening. The department did say that the final rules give the health commissioner the discretion to expand the list down the road, however.

Others had their fingers crossed that the department would increase the number of businesses allowed to cultivate and dispense MMJ; the original law allowed for only five companies to obtain business licenses, and to operate four dispensaries apiece, for a total of 20 in the entire state. But the department stuck with the original number.

The department said it will post information in the near future on its website regarding the upcoming business license application process.

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One comment on “Final New York Regulations Are As Strict As Feared
  1. Lyle Courtsal on

    See in canada for more information about patients experiencing beneficial consequences of use. There is a four page A-Z index of conditions that people use cannabis for. Also, remember how it is that puritannical anti-christian culture in the US, a culture that rewards hatred, domination, violence, and exploitation punishes those that feel good. Then think about this; “recreational” uses can be medically classified. love ya, Lyle Courtsal

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