NY medical marijuana patient describes poor quality and service in state program – syracuse.com

This story is part of an ongoing series that will elevate the voices of NY’s medical marijuana patients. Read the NY Cannabis Insider investigation that started this series.

Medical marijuana was legalized in New York State in 2014, preceding recreational legalization by seven years.

For most of that time, Allison — a 43-year-old woman from Rockland County who asked NY Cannabis Insider not to use her last name — has been a patient in the state’s medical cannabis program, having first been prescribed it to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, she said.

While it was helpful for her in the beginning, Allison said medical cannabis access in New York has increasingly become a nightmare as the state appears to direct its focus to recreational dispensaries — even as recreational cannabis itself is still unavailable in New York, at least technically.

What are the problems Allison is facing?

The biggest one, she said, is the level of quality and service the medical dispensaries provide. Allison said she’s experienced everything from incorrect orders to exploding vaporizer cartridges — and the dispensary she uses refused to allow for returns or refunds.

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She described a myriad of problems

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