Queens, New York currently has one medical marijuana dispensary located in Elmhurst. It opened in January 2016. Last week, the New York State Department of Health announced plans to expand its medical marijuana program. In fact, the department says it will allow Queens to get two more marijuana dispensaries.
That’s right; two new marijuana distribution companies can open up shop in Queens. Therefore, patients in Queens or close to it will soon have plenty more places to get their medical marijuana.
New Dispensaries In Queens
The New York State Department of Health has only been taking baby steps toward expanding the medical marijuana program. In fact, the number of places for MMJ patients to go has been limited and so have their options inside of dispensaries.
But now, the Department plans to improve the program. For starters, they are letting more companies open dispensaries. This creates more competition and options for patients, which should drop prices.
“The New York State Department of Health is committed to growing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program responsibly,” said Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.
He added: “The addition of these registered organizations will make it easier for patients across the state to obtain medical marijuana, improve the affordability of medical marijuana products through the introduction of new competition, and increase the variety of medical marijuana products available to patients.”
More Options For New York Medical Marijuana Patients
Currently, laws in New York only allow medical marijuana patients to enter dispensaries. However, a new law changes that. Now, anyone can enter a dispensary as a “prospective patient” to find out more about the products and the state’s medical marijuana program.