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New Yorkers Can Now Cultivate Medical Marijuana At Home

· Nov 3, 2021
The plan follows New York’s comprehensive cannabis reform legislation approved earlier this year. The rules for reform and home cultivation were passed on October 21 are now settling into the ...

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Some big news is coming out of New York this week. Announced on Monday, regulators with New York’s Cannabis Control Board issued a proposal of regulations to administer the cultivation of medical marijuana at home.

The plan follows New York’s comprehensive cannabis reform legislation approved earlier this year. The rules for reform and home cultivation were passed on October 21 are now settling into their 60-day public comment period to note how the public will perceive it.

“With today’s vote, we are advancing these measures for the home cultivation of medical cannabis for the public’s input as we continue to expand the program and give more New Yorkers access to this medicine and the relief it provides,” said Cannabis Control Board chair Tremaine Wright in a statement on the NY Government’s website.

The new regulations to approve the home cultivation of medical marijuana will allow registered patients and caregivers working on a patient’s behalf to legally grow up to three immature and three mature cannabis plants at home (indoors or outdoors). The rules also note that one resident cannot grow more than six mature and six immature plants within or on the grounds of any private residence.

Patients with caregivers will also be limited to one caregiver growing for their needs. On the other hand, caregivers with more than one patient can grow an additional plant for every patient they have until they’re growing six.

The newly approved regulations also carry a few provisions solely created to protect the health and safety of the patients using medical marijuana and the communities they’re surrounded by. These rules include plants and cannabis products being stored in a secure location that incorporates locks and security devices to ensure that the plants will be out of reach from those under 21 years old.

In terms of indoor and outdoor growth, plants must be cultivated out of public sight, and growers must ensure that they contain any strong and powerful odors that their plants emit. Growers are also prohibited from processing cannabis at home with any liquid or gas that is not alcohol and has a flashpoint below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The regulations also specify that cannabis, seeds, flower, immature, and mature plants cannot be sold or traded unless one obtains a legal license.

“Home cultivation will give medical patients and their caregivers another way to access needed medication,” said Assembly Health Committee chair and original medical marijuana bill sponsor Richard Gottfried. “This follows the important recent addition of whole flower to the medical program, expansion of eligible practitioners, and removal of patient registration fees. I commend Governor Hochul and the Cannabis Control Board for another step towards a progressive, accessible medical cannabis program.”