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NY expanding medical marijuana to include lozenges, lotions

New medical marijuana products, including lozenges, lotions and ointments, would be sold to patients in New York under a planned expansion of the state's program. (SBG file photo)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - New medical marijuana products, including lozenges, lotions and ointments, would be sold to patients in New York under a planned expansion of the state's program.

On Thursday, the New York State Department of Health announced a new set of regulations to allow more medical marijuana products to be sold.

Lotions, ointments and patches, as well as chewable and effervescent tablets and lozenges will be legal to manufacture and distribute by registered organizations, along with certain non-smokable forms of ground plant material.

Other changes and expansions will allow prospective patients and practitioners to visit a dispensing facility and speak directly with representatives and learn about products.

A two-hour version of the practitioner’s course required to certify patients for medical marijuana will also be made available; the current course takes four hours to complete.

“This is yet another positive step forward for New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program,” said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “These regulations will continue to improve the program in several ways, including making new forms of medical marijuana available and improving the dispensing facility experience.”

This comes just weeks after the Department of Health announced it would be adding an additional five medical marijuana companies to the state's program. That includes a second dispensary in Monroe County.

All products will be subject to rigorous testing; the DOH reserves the right to exclude any products.

Starting August 23, the proposed regulations will be posted online for the public to read for 30 days and comment on before adoption.

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