High Prices, Dearth Of Doctors Hurting NY Businesses

High prices and a dearth of certified doctors who can recommend medical marijuana continue to hurt the five companies licensed to sell MMJ in New York.

That was made painfully clear this week following a presentation about medical marijuana at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany that was attended by dozens of doctors – none of whom seemed willing to sign up to recommend cannabis, according to the Albany Times-Union.

A patient liaison at the hospital told doctors that they would also need to carry additional medical malpractice insurance if they decided to register to recommend MMJ.

A pharmacist with Etain Health, one of the five MMJ companies that won licenses in New York, told the audience of doctors that dispensaries run by his company have yet to see a surge of patients, according to the paper.

Representatives of large doctors’ group have also told the paper that patient demand has been small.

Prices in the state, which does not allow smokable medical cannabis, range anywhere from $200 to $2,000 per month, the paper reported.

Through March 8, there were 455 physicians registered under the program, and only 1,565 patients have been certified by their doctors.

4 comments on “High Prices, Dearth Of Doctors Hurting NY Businesses
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    A follow up report this week in Crain’s, “Let them smoke weed, pol says,” described legislative efforts to breathe new life into New York’s program by the original sponsors of the 2014 Compassionate Care Act. These efforts include empowering physician assistants and nurse practitioners to also “recommend” cannabis treatment (it’s critically important not to use the word “prescribe” as long as the fraudulent word “marihuana” remains in Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act). New York’s roughly 18,000 physicians consider themselves a “conservative” lot, so they are loath to risk license revocation by running afoul of federal “marihuana” law. Many NY doctors also claim there’s insufficient scientific evidence to justify medical cannabis. And it doesn’t help that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about cannabis flowers in the same hysterical way as the national chairwoman of his party, Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. As always, to find the anti-cannabis corruption, just follow the $: Easily verifiable records show that both of these influential Democrats receive tens of thousands in campaign donations from synthetic pharmaceutical companies—and it’s no secret that NY doctors are basically bought off with Big Pharma perks. That’s the real crime, considering how many New Yorkers continue suffering and dying without safe and legal access to very effective natural cannabis products.

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  2. Lori Wieder on

    Pharmaceutical reps have been schmoozing Dr’s for years. They spend big money on lunches. They tell the Dr’s how smart they are about this silly cannabis stuff. All we have is reality.

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  3. Vito P. on

    Your medicine may soon be available in nearby in VT and MA. Worst case, take the Amtrak to Providence, get medicated, and enjoy the ride back to NYC.

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