NEW YORK (WENY) - More changes could be coming to New York state's medical marijuana program.
The state's Health Department says the new regulations will expand the program while improving the experience for those involved.
Under the new regulations, registered organizations will be able to make and distribute topicals, such as lotions, ointments, and patches, as well as chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges. The regulations will allow organizations to make an distribute certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material. The Health Department says all products will be subject to rigorous testing.
The new regulations will also allow prospective patients and practitioners to go into dispensing facilities to speak with representatives, learn about products, and get more information on the medical marijuana program.
The Health Department is also refining the training program for practitioners. The changes include having shortened versions of the practitioner's course required to certify patients for medical marijuana. The Department says it's working with course providers to offer a two-hour course.
The proposed regulations will be published in the New York State Register on August 23, 2017. They will then be subject to a 30-day public comment period before they can be adopted.
As of August 8, 2017, there were 26,561 certified patients and 1,155 registered practitioners participating in the program.