New York has stepped carefully toward limited legalized pot consumption with the selection of five companies to grow and dispense medical marijuana.
So far, so good for Gov. Cuomo’s tightly controlled approach.
Eligibility is restricted to patients with life-threatening or debilitating conditions, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Patients will need special certification.
The law authorized licensing only five companies, each with a single growing facility and five dispensaries.
After sifting 43 applications, the state announced its choices with no glaring sign of favoritism. One growing facility is slated for Queens. Of the 25 dispensaries, two will be in Manhattan, one in Queens and one in the Bronx.
Now, the state must hold licensees strictly accountable for dispensing the drug as prescribed by law.
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