New York lawmakers give the green light to home-grown medical marijuana

The New York State Office of Cannabis Management on Tuesday passed a proposal that would allow medical marijuana users to grow their own plants at home.

Under the new regulations, authorized patients will be allowed to grow a maximum of three mature and three immature plants starting October 5. However, the minimum age for this is 21 years.

Medical cannabis patients between the ages of 18 and 20 must have a designated caregiver who can grow plants on the patient’s behalf. Regulators added that patients under the age of 21 can still purchase medicinal cannabis from a dispensary.

While patients can have up to two caregivers, regulators said only one caregiver can grow plants. The new guidelines allocate a maximum of six mature and six immature plants to caregivers working with two or more patients.

Last year, New York legalized recreational marijuana use in the state under the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act (MRTA), which allows adults age 21 and older to possess up to three ounces of marijuana and up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis for personal use.

However, it is not legal to grow recreational cannabis in the state, and the state’s first community dispensaries are not expected to open until the end of the year.

According to the regulator’s website, “Social justice is at the heart of the Cannabis Act, which aims to begin work to repair decades of disproportionate enforcement and over-criminalization of cannabis prohibition, particularly in black and brown communities.” New York lawmakers give the green light to home-grown medical marijuana

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