GNYHA has convened a workgroup of member hospital legal, compliance, risk, clinical, and pharmacy staff over the past year to discuss the Compassionate Care Act, New York State’s medical marijuana program. GNYHA members have detailed best practices and challenges to allowing patients to self-administer medical marijuana during an inpatient care episode. GNYHA continues to work with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) on emergency regulations to establish facilities as caregivers (see comments GNYHA submitted on the emergency regulation). In particular, GNYHA recommended DOH streamline the requirements for facilities to become caregivers for certified patients and raised concerns about the disposal of unused medical marijuana product, which requires a facility to return unused product to the caregiver or law enforcement. GNYHA also hosted briefings with DOH’s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and registered organizations. GNYHA is working with DOH on a “Dear Administrator” letter to provide guidance on several concerns raised. GNYHA will also continue to solicit member feedback on regulations and operational issues as the program develops and expands.
GNYHA, DOH Work on Compassionate Care Act
March 12, 2018
New York State Legalizes Adult-Use Cannabis; Implications for Members
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act on March 31, creating Chapter 7-A within the Consolidated Laws of New York State titled “The Cannabis Law.” Effective immediately, the law allows adults 21 and older to possess certain amounts of cannabis. The legislation also establishes a framework for creating an adult-use cannabis industry...
April 1, 2021
NYS Expands Medical Marijuana Program, Holds Listening Sessions on Regulated Use
As an alternative to opioid use, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that adds acute pain management to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended to patients. Previously approved existing conditions on the list for medical marijuana use include cancer, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the...
October 1, 2018
NYS Adds Opioid Use as a Qualifying Condition in Medical Marijuana Program
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recently announced plans to develop a regulatory amendment that will add opioid use as a qualifying condition for patients to receive medical marijuana. This enhancement affirms DOH’s recognition that marijuana can be an effective pain-treatment alternative to opioid medications. There are currently 12 other qualifying conditions for...
June 25, 2018