Medical Marijuana On Track, But Questions Remain

NEW YORK: New York health officials and the manufacturers say they are on track to start providing medical marijuana to critically ill patients next month.

Questions remain, however, over whether doctors and patients will be enrolled in the system quickly enough to make the drug available by the Jan. 5 target date.

“There’s no sign of a system in place yet for patients. That’s a major concern,” said Julie Netherland, deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group. “We get calls from patients every day wanting to sign up, and we have to tell them we don’t know yet.”

The state Health Department has yet to announce the certification process for patients to get access to medical marijuana in non-smokeable forms – which is the only legal form in New York after the law was passed in 2014.

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