The first license to grow medical marijuana in New York State was released today, but critics say just five licenses in a state so large is woefully in adequate.
“To those who did not make the cut, stick around,” said State Senator Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat who sponsored the 2014 bill. “New York is a very big state.”
Starting small allows state regulators to make significant changes as necessary, providing much more control over the program which will hopefully equate to both better patient protection as well as safe, consistent, quality, products. FOCUS is actively working with many state regulators to legitimize the industry in an effort to protect public health, consumer safety and safeguard the environment.