New York medical cannabis patients will soon be allowed to grow their own weed plants. On Thursday, October 21st, New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) voted in favor of a regulation that will allow certified medical marijuana patients to cultivate their own weed at home for personal therapeutic use.
Cannabis Cultivation in New York
Under the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA), medical marijuana patients that are 21 years or older will be allowed to grow up to six plants at home.
Conversely, for patients under 21 years of age, designated caregivers will be allowed to cultivate on the patient’s behalf. Moreover, designated caregivers are able to grow for those incapable of cultivating themselves.
On the other hand, landlords are able to prohibit tenants from growing cannabis on their properties.
Following a 60-day public comment period, the Cannabis Control Board will review comments and make any revisions necessary. Then, they will officially file the regulations, and cannabis cultivation for New York medical marijuana patients will monumentally take effect.
Home Cultivation Greatly Benefits Medical Cannabis Patients
Furthermore, home cultivation proves to have many benefits for medical cannabis patients. In addition to reduced cost of product, patients are able to consistently have access to the strains that work best for them. This certainly compares well to dispensaries, which often have trouble keeping specific strains and products consistently in stock.
“The home cultivation of medical cannabis will provide certified patients with a cost-effective means of obtaining cannabis through personal cultivation.”Tremaine Wright, reported by Marijuana Moment
New York Continues Efforts to Expunge Cannabis Records
Additionally, during the Thursday meeting, the Office of Cannabis Management shared the status of their efforts to expunge cannabis records. As far as marijuana possession cases go, so far there have currently been 45 expungements.
Likewise, a presentation at the meeting stated, “approximately 203,000 marijuana related charges are presently being suppressed from background searches and in process to be sealed or expunged.” This will be in addition to the already ~198,000 marijuana cases expunged from the 2019 expungement legislation.