Questions Linger Around State’s Medical Marijuana Program

NEW YORK:  The New York State Department of Health continues to say medical marijuana will be available to patients by this coming January, but families and advocates aren’t so sure.

Christine Emerson has been fighting for the medicine for her daughter Julia.

“It takes 3 months to grow and harvest the plants,” Emerson said. “So that puts us really toward the end of the year, and we’re not even talking about producing the medicine and having it tested.”

You’ll Have To Pay $210,000 For A Medical Marijuana Grower’s License In New York

NEW YORK:  If you want to become a weed farmer in New York state, you’ll need more than a green thumb and some seeds.

State officials have opened the application process for a license — and it won’t be cheap. Applicants will have to plunk down a non-refundable $10,000 application fee along with the $200,000 registration fee to enter the program.

The registration lasts for two years (we’ve reached out to the New York State Department of Health to see if you need to pay again once the registration expires, but they did not immediately reply).

The state will award five licenses for its highly regulated medical marijuana program. Each registered grower will be allowed to open up four dispensaries, which is roughly one dispensary per million residentsin the state.