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New specialized medical marijuana capsules available in New York

A medical marijuana company with offices in Rochester has launched a new controlled-dose capsule for medical use. (Photo: Columbia Care, LLC)

NEW YORK (WHAM) - A medical marijuana company with offices in Rochester has launched a new controlled-dose capsule for medical use.

Columbia Care announced Thursday it has a new line of controlled-dose, solid-fill medical cannabinoid capsules. The capsules are described as "pharmaceutical quality, controlled-dose, solid-fill pills."

This form of medical marijuana contained within the capsules are a powder, unlike liquid-fill capsules, so they do not carry the risk of leakage. The capsule's level of precision dosing will be more consistent as a result.

According to a news release sent out by Columbia Care, in some cases, this delivery method may extend the intended benefits of the medicine beyond that of a tincture or vaporization oil, resulting in fewer doses per day and potentially better long-term symptom control.

The New York State Department of Health approved the capsule for dispensing in all four of Columbia Care's New York-based dispensaries. One of those dispensaries is located in Rochester at Eastman Business Park.

Patients who deal with fine motor control limitations caused by neuropathy or those who live with chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and inflammatory bowel disease are some of the intended consumers for the pills.

Three different formulations will be available for approved physicians to prescribe and tailor an individual patient's treatment based on their condition.

"Columbia Care's mission is to improve lives. To accomplish this, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation to provide patients with safe and consistent medicines that enhance access, efficacy and privacy," said Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita.

The pill is available in the U.S. and anywhere else medical marijuana is deemed legal.

Starting next year, Columbia Care plans to expand the capsule's availability to other licensed U.S. jurisdictions, including Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C.

A report from 13WHAM News in July showed fewer than 100 sick people in Rochester and surrounding communities have been certified to receive medical marijuana.

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