New York's Medical Cannabis Law

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The Compassionate Care Act, signed into law on July 5, 2014, will enable patients with a “serious condition” to receive medical cannabis if the qualified certifying physician believes the patient will receive “therapeutic or palliative benefit”. Unlike other states, New York will only permit refined dosage forms, specifically eliminating the crude delivery method of smoking. The Department of Health (“DoH”) published regulations further clarifying specific details necessary for safe, secure, and responsible implementation of this new therapy. It is important to realize that virtually all of New York’s practicing pharmacists will be involved in the care of patients receiving medical cannabis.

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