They Might Also Be Exposed To Moldy Or Pesticide-laden Flowers Produced In Illicit Grows.

New York medical marijuana patient Practitioners would be forbidden from recommending marijuana if they believe their patient’s pain will ease in three months or less. Bell said she fears these restrictions will prevent patients from seeking pain relief with cannabis — and encourage them to use addictive painkillers. “New York adding chronic pain is somewhat misleading,” she said. “What they are really saying is ‘We are going to let some people with chronic pain use medical marijuana.’” Diane Jackson Czarkowski, a founding partner of the consulting firm Canna Advisors, said these constraints could also encourage medical marijuana candidates to seek relief Medical marijuana in the black market. Without easier access to doctors and dispensaries, they may struggle to find products appropriate for their pain or illness. They might also be exposed to moldy or pesticide-laden flowers produced in illicit grows. “But it’s still easier,” she said, than qualifying and finding a registered practitioner and dispensary. “The hassles New York has imposed make it worth it.” New York’s medical marijuana program, approved by state legislators and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, was launched in January 2016 . Nearly 12,000 patients have been certified to use medical marijuana, according to the Department of Health. That’s .04 percent of New York’s 19.79 million people, and according to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the lowest participation rate in the nation.

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