New York authorizes self-cultivation of cannabis for medical use

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New York State voted on Tuesday to adopt home cultivation rules for patients treated with cannabis.

the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) has accepted a resolution to allow patients to grow their own plants for personal use. The passage of the resolution on home cultivation of medical cannabis comes about a year after the first regulatory proposal and several months after the council accepted the revised rules following a public comment period.

The CCB has now instructed the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) to formally send the approved regulations to the New York State Department of State.

The new law will allow registered patients and carers to grow up to six plants, of which only three can be mature. They will be able to possess up to 2.5 kilograms of cannabis from these plants, which is in line with the state law on legalizing adult use.

Home cultivation rules for medical cannabis patients and caregivers will come into effect on October 5. Tremaine Wright, CCB President, said the development marks “an exciting milestone for our medical cannabis program.”

CMO Executive Director Chris Alexander said at the end of the hearing that the office has “prioritized patient access in this program”, and “that will continue to be a priority”.

“I’m really excited that we can provide this more affordable option for patients to have access to this drug,” he said.

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