NY’s Medical Marijuana Plan Still Overly Restrictive & ‘Ridiculously High Priced’

Rows of cannabis plants grow in the twenty thousand square foot greenhouse at Vireo Health’s medical marijuana cultivation facility, August 19, 2016 in Johnstown, New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“Marion,” a Manhattan woman in her early 60s, signed up for New York State’s medical marijuana program in the spring of 2016, a few months after it was opened to patients. Her doctor recommended it as a way to limit her use of oxycodone, which she takes to cope with chronic back pain from spinal stenosis and neuropathy. The extract she got—a sublingual tincture with a 1:1 ratio of THC, the main intoxicating ingredient in marijuana, and CBD, which is believed to have more of a painkilling effect—was supposed to reduce “breakthrough pain,” the pain that returns when her pills wear off before the next dose is

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