New York Lawmakers Gather for Medical Marijuana Forum

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New York Lawmakers Gather for Medical Marijuana Forum New York state legislators and medical marijuana supporters gathered in New York City for a discussion about how to implement the new medical marijuana law.

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and state Sen. Diane Savino were due to speak at the Marijuana Regulatory Summit today. National medical marijuana advocates are also scheduled to address the gathering, reported The Citizen.

New York was the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana for use by patients suffering from various conditions such as epilepsy, cancer and AIDS. State watchdogs expect the program to be up and running in 2016.

New York applied for federal permission to source out-of-state medical marijuana in order to ensure that young adults and children can use it until new rules are implemented.

Meanwhile, Connecticut medical marijuana activists are lobbying the Department of Consumer Protection to allow the whole cannabis flowers to be provided under the state’s medical marijuana initiative, instead of ground-up plants.

In a petition posted on change.org, Peter Mould, the executive director of pro-marijuana organization Connecticut NORML, says: “We request that you please change your regulations to allow producers to sell the bud-form to dispensaries, in order to enable patients to have their high-quality medicine.”

Connecticut started distributing medical marijuana in September, though most of the four cultivation centers have a ready product for distribution. The state’s medical marijuana law states the marijuana must be tested in a lab and then packed like traditional medicine.

There are six marijuana dispensaries statewide, which sell the drug to patients who suffer any of the 11 conditions such as cancer, Crohn’s disease and glaucoma. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com