The state has 38 medical dispensaries, three of which are located in Suffolk County.
Alexander said dangerous chemicals involved in the processing of marijuana, such as butane, will also be prohibited under the regulations.
Chris Alexander, executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management, said landlords will be permitted to restrict growth in leases.
Under the proposed regulations, designated caregivers over 21 will also be allowed to grow up to six plants for children, or adults unable to grow marijuana on their own who they are caring for. Patients can only have one caregiver growing on their behalf and caregivers may only grow one plant per patient over the initial six.
“Home cultivation will give medical patients and their caregivers another way to access needed medication,” said Richard Gottfried, who is chair of the state Assembly Health Committee and original medical marijuana bill sponsor.
“Any individual selling cannabis or marijuana products in these unlicensed dispensaries, popup shops or markets is not licensed, nor are they selling safe, tested products,” Wright said.
“They can include in their lease restriction on the ability to cultivate at home, but they cannot prevent a patient from participating in the medical program writ large,” he said. “There still is space as well for landlords to have smoke-free policies in their places of residence, but folks are protected from discrimination stemming from their participation in the market.”
The plants cannot be in public view, must be locked up and monitored by security devices, and steps must be taken to lessen odors.
The regulations will be open for public comment for 60 days, after which the board will finalize and implement them. Tremaine Wright, the chair of the board, said the plants must be properly stored and kept out reach of children.
“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Dr. Dahmer said. “We are ready to begin construction on a 200,000-square-foot expansion to our cultivation processing plant in Johnston, New York, where we have amazing team ready to support New Yorkers that are added to this program and participate in this program. So we’re ready for some traction.”
“We may not be exactly on time, but we’re not that far behind,” Sen. Savino said. “I fully anticipate that we will be catching up to speed and exceeding everybody’s goals and hopes.”
Why? They’re still getting set up.
The Cannabis Control Board plans to meet for the first time publicly on Oct. 5.
“They say you’re not supposed to see how the sausage is made, but I think this time it really is important,” Sen. Savino said. “We’re creating a new industry and an industry that affects three different areas of cannabis, not just adult use and how it’s going to be developed in New York State. We have an opportunity to really lead in this country, where other states have not.”
Dr. Stephen Dahmer, chief medical officer of Goodness Growth Holdings, Vireo Health, one of the first companies to offer medical marijuana to patients in New York, said they are eager to see the industry expand and are preparing to be an integral part of the growing medical marijuana program.
Well, it has now been six months, but the Office of Cannabis Management still has not released these regulations.
The Office of Cannabis Management now has a working number set up on its website. An automated voice explains the new law and offers first time marijuana users advice.
The new Office of Cannabis Management and its governing body, the Cannabis Control Board, will now be overseeing both the recreational and medical marijuana programs.