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New York Just Won’t Loosen Up Strict Medical Marijuana Rules

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The state has refused to loosen up its stringent medical marijuana rules that prohibit the drug from being smoked and only allow it to be used to treat 10 medical conditions.

The state Health Department has issued final regulations after receiving hundreds of comments from the public. The state expects to get its medical marijuana program off the ground next year.

“Expanding the initial set of regulations would have subjected the State to unnecessary scrutiny and jeopardized the program’s ability to move forward in any meaningful manner,” the health department said.

The health department said the final regulations ” … strike the required balance by implementing a strong and effective medical marijuana program in New York State.” [Read more at the Syracuse Post-Standard]

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