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NYS Health Dept. will add medical marijuana home delivery, other recommendations

The New York State Department of Health announced Tuesday it will be implementing several recommendations for the state medical marijuana program (SBG photo)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - The New York State Department of Health announced Tuesday it will be implementing several recommendations for the state medical marijuana program.

The new regulations and guidelines are based on a report issued last week designed to enhance the program. The recommendations were issued by the NYS DOH.

Several of the recommendations include authorizing nurse practitioners to certify patients for the program, allowing for home delivery service of medicine, and expanding the financial hardship waiver for patients and caregivers who apply for registration.

The data management system used by the state will also be modified to make it more user friendly for certified patients and caregivers.

The Health Department will also continue to encourage the federal government to relax restrictions on scientific research relating to medical marijuana.

Five additional organizations will be registered over the next two years to meet additional patient demand for medical marijuana throughout New York State.

"We are constantly evaluating the program to make it more effective for patients and practitioners, and we believe that the implementation of these recommendations will do just that," said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

The full two-year report for the medical use of marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act can be read here.

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