New York state broadens its medical marijuana law

The New York Department of Health is modifying its medical marijuana regulations to make it easier for patients in the state to access their medicine.

Under the first change, nurse practitioners will be permitted to recommend medical marijuana to patients beginning Nov. 30, Buffalo TV station WKBW reported. Previously, only physicians were allowed to write the recommendations.

To be allowed to write the recommendations, nurse practitioners, like physicians, will need to successfully complete a four-hour online course sanctioned by the health department, “Medical Use of Marijuana.” The course costs $249.

Health officials are also considering an amendment that


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