Transparency of New York’s Medical Marijuana Program in Question

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As of July 26, 2016, the New York State Department of Health had 639 physicians registered with the state’s medical marijuana program and 5,966 patients certified by physicians, but some New Yorkers and advocates are asking the state for more details.

When New York Gov. Andew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, legalizing medical marijuana, into law on July 7, 2014, the law stipulated that a medical marijuana program report had to be submitted to the legislature and governor beginning on the second anniversary of the law’s enactment.

On Aug. 5, 2016, WIVB News 4 in Buffalo reported that it has been attempting to get a status update on the report from the DOH since July 6, receiving scant information in the process.

According to WIVB News 4, the DOH hasn’t published the list of registered physicians or released any details related to the program’s effectiveness, concerning some families of registered pediatric patients to question the transparency of the state’s medical marijuana program.

“If the state is proud of the program and thinks it’s working, which the governor said a few months ago up in Buffalo, then why are they being so reticent to share information?” said Julie Netherland, PhD, of the Drug Policy Alliance, to WIVB News 4.

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