Medical Marijuana

Lauren Pollow in Clinical & Quality

On October 5, 2017, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) submitted an emergency proposed rule authorizing health care facilities to become “designated caregivers” for certified medical marijuana patients. By allowing facilities to become designated caregivers, facilities may choose to possess, acquire, deliver, transfer, transport and/or administer medical marijuana to certified patients residing in the facility. While we understand the intent of the proposed rule, there are challenges and risks presented by this rule due to the misalignment of State and Federal law on medical marijuana. Given our concerns, NYSHFA is submitting formal comments and questions for the record to clarify legal and administrative concerns. When these questions are addressed, facilities can devise their own approach with policies and procedures on a voluntary basis to accommodate residents that are certified patients while preserving the health and safety of those involved.

To review the proposed rule, click here.


Lauren E. Pollow
Director, Government Affairs
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