420 with CNW — New York Cannabis Regulators to Allow Patients to Grow Medical Cannabis

The Cannabis Control Board in the state of New York has voted to allow medical marijuana patients to grow marijuana for personal use. The cannabis regulators plan to file the proposed regulations, which will permit patients who meet the criteria to grow up to six plants, either outdoors or indoors, for their own therapeutic use.

Once the regulations have been published, the public will be afforded a 60-day comment period. After this, the board will review these comments and make any amendments they deem necessary, after which the regulations will be filed officially in order to take effect.

The chair of the Cannabis Control Board, former Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright, stated that the board was proud to present these proposed measures. She explained that allowing patients to cultivate medical marijuana at home would offer them a cost-effective way to acquire marijuana while also allowing them to establish a set of standards that will govern the activities associated with the personal cultivation of marijuana. In its presentation, the board stated that a duty on patients to take reasonable measures to make sure none of their marijuana plants wasn’t readily accessible to individuals who are under the age of 21 would be imposed.

Caregivers for patients who have cognitive or physical impairments that hinder them from growing marijuana or are yet to reach 21 years of age, are also allowed to grow up to six plants on their patients’ behalf. However, the rules also stipulate that landlords have the option of barring tenants from growing cannabis on their properties. Additionally, recreational marijuana consumers are still not allowed to grow their own cannabis until adult-use sales commence.

The Office of Cannabis Management also gave an update on efforts to expunge marijuana records. Thus far, more than 40 expungements for cases associated with cannabis possession have been done. The office notes that about 203,000 cannabis-related charges are also in the process of being expunged or sealed. This number adds to the more than 197,000 sealings accomplished as part of the 2019 expungement measure.

Currently, the Cannabis Control Board oversees the independent Office of Cannabis Management in the New York State Liquor Authority. The state’s liquor authority is also responsible for regulating the hemp and medical cannabis industries in the state of New York.

At the moment, individuals aged 21 and above can possess up to three ounces of marijuana in the state, which is equal to about 24 grams. In addition to this, they can smoke cannabis anywhere tobacco can be smoked.

As more people warm up to medical marijuana, more of them will be exposed to enabling technologies such as the IoT dose-measuring devices made by RYAH Group Inc. (CSE: RYAH), which can bring precision to the use of smokable cannabis products. Such devices could potentially improve patient outcomes.

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