New York MMJ Program Lacking Doctors

New York’s five licensed medical marijuana companies say they will be ready to open dispensaries next month when the state’s MMJ program officially launches.

The dispensaries might not have many customers to serve, however, as the state’s physician certification and patient registration processes are not yet complete, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Thus far, the New York State Department of Health has not released a list of physicians who are certified to dispense marijuana. The agency also is still in the process of certifying doctors for the program, but very few seem interested in participating.

To become certified, physicians must pass a four-hour online course that costs $249.

As an indicator of problems getting doctors registered for the program, New York state Sen. Diane Savino pointed out that attendance was low at a recent conference in Albany aimed at getting physicians interested in recommending medical marijuana, according to Crain’s New York Business.

Patients can’t register for medical marijuana cards until New York releases the list of physicians registered to recommend cannabis. So the first dispensaries that open might have a very shallow pool of patients at first.

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2 comments on “New York MMJ Program Lacking Doctors
  1. David on

    The cost of only $249.00 is reasonable when you compare the outrageous cost in Florida of $1,500.00.
    All physicians need to take note of the diversity and internal corruption occurring before we get involved.

  2. al simon on

    New York & New Jersey have medical marijuana laws that are so restrictive that they could be non existent. Gov Christy in NJ has come out publicly against any usage of marijuana, medical or otherwise. His statement is “not on my watch” imagine if he became president.

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