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New York Is Gearing Up to Become a Heavy Hitter in Cannabis

October 24, 2022 08:00 am ET
New York Is Gearing Up to Become a Heavy Hitter in Cannabis

In 1942, New York Mayor Henry LaGuardia commissioned the New York Academy of Medicine to do a full report on marijuana. When this report was completed, it did not agree with the anti-marijuana propaganda the government was promoting. The New York Academy of Medicine found the gateway theory to be untrue, along with most of the negative claims about cannabis.

Finally, after more than eight decades, the state of New York has listened to the people and taken the necessary steps to reform archaic cannabis policy, legalizing access to both medical and recreational cannabis. After eight decades, New York can start to heal from the racialized, government-enforced war on drugs that incarcerated cannabis supporters and consumers while attempting to eradicate cannabis.

New York Makes It Easier to Become an MMJ Patient

Becoming a medical cannabis patient in New York is easier now than it’s ever been since medical cannabis kicked off in the state back in 2016. Previously, there was a list of qualifying conditions to become a New York medical cannabis patient. In an effort to increase access and willingness to participate in the state’s medical cannabis program, officials effectively removed the list of qualifying conditions to become a medical cannabis patient.

Now, in the state of New York, a doctor can recommend medical cannabis for anything they see fit. This makes becoming a medical cannabis patient in the state of New York easier than it’s ever been before. All you have to do is make an appointment with a state-certified medical marijuana (MMJ) doctor to receive your recommendation. Before you know it, you’ll have access to medical cannabis dispensaries, where you can purchase quality medical cannabis products.

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New York Allows MMJ Patients to Grow at Home

Cannabis can be expensive to buy through a medical cannabis dispensary. The state of New York acknowledges this and made provisions that allow medical cannabis patients in the state to grow their medical cannabis at home.

Medical cannabis patients in the state of New York are now allowed to grow up to six cannabis plants at one time. Three plants are allowed to be in the flowering stage, and three plants are allowed to be in the seedling or vegetative stage. This is great news for medical cannabis patients who live in the state of New York. Medical cannabis can be expensive, and many patients will tell you there are quality issues with some medical cannabis dispensaries.

Learning how to grow your medical cannabis at home saves money and can greatly improve the quality of your medical cannabis. By growing medical cannabis at home, you will have the ability to use that cannabis to make a wide variety of cannabis products that you would otherwise have to purchase from a dispensary, like cannabis-infused edibles, tinctures, and more.

New York’s Economy Will Benefit Heavily From Cannabis Taxes 

It’s no secret that the state of New York’s economy is in a poor state. Misappropriation of public funds and tax dollars over the years by corrupt political tyrants has left the state of New York in financial turmoil. According to Statista, as of 2021, “New York State debt stood at about 160.65 billion US dollars.”

To try and recoup some money, the state decided to legalize and tax the heck out of cannabis. By taxing legal cannabis sales, the state is expected to collect an estimated $1.25 billion in cannabis revenue over the next six years. Can cannabis help save the state’s economy? It sure isn’t going to hurt things, that’s for sure. If you are thinking about becoming a medical cannabis patient in New York, there’s no better time than now.

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