Court: Medical marijuana transport case can advance


New medical marijuana policies could be coming to New York State in the coming months.

A Minnesota court has determined that a case involving the transport of medical marijuana products over state lines to Fulton County-based Vireo Health of NY may move forward to trial.

Those would include topicals, like lotions, ointments and patches.

For one - companies that are registered to make and sell medical marijuana would be allowed to make more products.

The regulations will allow certified patients to visit dispensaries with individuals other than their designated caregivers, which was previously prohibited. The department is working with course providers to create a two-hour certification course that can be taken as an alternative to the DOH's current four-hour course.

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"We're gauging the situation as we go", said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, adding that the need for more dispensaries came with the increasing number of certified patients since NY legalized medical marijuana in 2014.

Last week, the state Health Department announced the addition of five new companies to the program, with the intention of making products more accessible and affordable.

Officials hope some rule changes will improve program experience for patients, practitioners, and manufacturers.

Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, which was one of five additional medical marijuana companies that were recently licensed to operate in NY, could not be reached for comment. That number increased by 10,744, or 72 percent, since March when the Department of Health added chronic pain as an eligible condition, according to Zucker.