New York Begins Accepting MMJ Applications
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New York Begins Accepting MMJ Applications
Posted by CN Staff on April 29, 2015 at 12:39:31 PT
By Debra Borchardt, Contributor
Source: Forbes
New York -- New York State has begun accepting applications for its medical marijuana licenses this week. Applicants can submit questions through May 5th and the Department of Health Services (DOH) must answer those questions by May 14th. The deadline for filing an application is May 29th. The nonrefundable application fee is $10,000 and the registration fee is $200,000.The approved applicants will be announced some time in July.Only five applicants will be approved to cultivate and dispense approved medical marijuana and they are each limited to four dispensaries. This is where things get a little challenging for the approved licensees. The dispensaries must be geographically dispensed or located in multiple counties across the state, but not in counties that are neighboring or in close proximity. So if you choose New York County, which includes Manhattan and the boroughs, be prepared to give up the suburbs of Westchester or Long Island’s Nassau county. There will be no delivery services unless the DOH provides prior written approval.
According to the statute, these approved licensees had better be ready to hit the ground running as the implementation date for the program is January 5, 2016. Even if a business is approved and licensed, it will need to secure a location and get local approval before building the facility. David Lipton Managing Director of Advanced Grow Labs already operates such a business in Connecticut and plans to apply for a license in New York. “If you go about it the right way, a town in New York may be receptive,” said Lipton. “A lot of people will apply in New York and there’s lot of money, but it’s hard to do.”However, even if a seasoned medical marijuana business gets approved and maybe even leased a potential building or bought one in anticipation, the build-out takes months. Then it will take another several months to begin cultivating product before it can be dispensed. January 5th looks pretty aggressive by any time table.When it comes to the actual product, the approved licensees will be limited to five brands of medical marijuana and the DOH will set the price for the product. According to the DOH, “The Commissioner must set the price per dose for each form of medical marijuana sold by any registered organization, and must take into account the fixed and variable costs of producing the form of marijuana in approving such price.” A patient’s income will not be factored into the cost, but the Commissioner could authorize a charity program offered by a registered organization.Patients will need certification from a registered practitioner, but the DOH has not begun the process for registering the practitioners or the patients yet. Most companies that are applying for licenses in New York are aware that they will need to be prepared for at least two years of losses. The restrictive nature of the New York program will limit the patient population and the dispensary locations.However, most of these companies are looking at New York as a long term investment. “The license is not valuable because of its short term cash flow. It’s valuable because it’s a long term asset,” said Adam Bierman of MedMen a cannabis consulting firm. “Most people that get these five licenses will figure out how to to stay in power thereafter.”The first five are anticipating that New York’s program will expand as it matures, adding more approved illnesses and increasing the number of dispensaries. They also believe that marijuana will continue to be decriminalized in the state if not the nation.“The program will inevitably expand. The people will push for expansion,” said Bierman. “New York will have recreational pot. It’s inevitable.”Source: Forbes Magazine (US)Author: Debra Borchardt, ContributorPublished: April 29, 2015Copyright: 2015 Forbes Inc.Contact: readers forbes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #15 posted by The GCW on May 02, 2015 at 18:56:59 PT
As You know...That cash cow is served a multitude of ways.One main course is how cannabis prohibition has been used by the UNIONS of those who serve and protect Us tofill police departments withmilitary grade weapons.-Which are then used by SWATSTIKA to serve "drug" (even though it's a PLANT) war warrants& KILL citizens including childreninas little as 11 seconds!Cannabis prohibition has brought Us SWATSTIKAWhile some RE-publicans strive to break unions, they never try to break police unions.  ---Don't get Me started...
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Comment #14 posted by observer on May 02, 2015 at 14:32:44 PT
Prohibition in the Empire State
NY police state is fighting to keep pot prohibition, and still using it as their cash cow. As the police state assures us no one is prosecuted for the pot possession laws which exist now, on the books, we know that's a lie. Marijuana prohibition has seeped into every area of police and government. As the police state screams, "Terrorism!" "Drug lords!" "Fear!", we can see through that. When they squeal (like Sabet), "We're not out to lock you up for smoking a joint in your basement", the opposite is the truth. In 2015, oot prohibition laws remain the de facto raison d'etre for police, and police have a huge vested interest in keeping their marijuana drag-net laws in place, because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 
New York still in the throes of reefer madnessProhibition in the Empire State in seven charts
That site, is doing some great work, and I really appreciate the publication of the drug war documents which they have obtained.
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Comment #13 posted by MikeEEEEE on May 01, 2015 at 17:42:28 PT
Vincent & Sam Adams
I'm still reserved about feeling common sense is becoming more common.I cannot help but believe in God, a great spirit, who knows the injustice of all wars.Sam,Most people would say if you're young and healthy you could better contribute to society. But you're not in Kansas anymore.I always wondered why the government and corporate media spin the save the children lines. Children are future tax payers by the numbers into the system, and will mostly be in the 95% (in economic bondage). And, that is why I believe Medicare and/or $y$tem just don't care about older folks, who did invest in the system, but are no longer useful to them.Most humans think children are wonderful just because they are, but there are the accountant$ among u$.
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Comment #12 posted by Sam Adams on May 01, 2015 at 15:35:31 PT
herb substitution
runruff your story is amazing, so many of us have different versions of my case the herb helped me get off the prescription medications that were slowly killing me. I've come to realize that part of the reason for prohibition is precisely because cannabis is so healthy, and prevents many diseases.They don't want healthy people, they want lots of customers for our greedy health care system. You need 3 months of radiation treatments for your cancer! It's worse than a chiropractor.
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Comment #11 posted by runruff on May 01, 2015 at 08:11:28 PT
Back in the sixties I was a stumbling drunk!
As young man with a terminal illness, alcohol addiction, I tried on my own to quit drinking but could not. My live in girlfriend was an airline stewertess . She used to bring me all the good pot I wanted for free. She said it would help with my craving. I smoked pot everytime I wanted to drink. After a while I never thought about drinking. Pot saved my life and quality of life. I have not drank alcohol for over 45 years now. All my old drinking buddies have been dead for decades now, after a troubled life. I have had a sweet life outside the federal attacks on me.I knew then that pot could not remain illigal forever but the pirates of industry did a good job keeping the public snowed for decades.
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Comment #10 posted by Vincent on May 01, 2015 at 07:36:55 PT:
"Comment 1"
"10 years ago I would have never expected"No, Mr. MikeEEEEE, on the contrary...I always expected people to come to their senses. After the near-legalization that we experienced during the 1970s, I knew that the brainwashing coming from the Republicans had to be temporary. I mean, how could all those people that I knew all my life as herb-smokers suddenly get so indoctrinated by the Ronald Reagans of the didn't seem possible. And, through all those long years, I never, EVER had a change of heart. I kept on smoking, and preaching for legalization, without any fear.Well, thank the TRUE God (the one that I believe in) that we are finally wising up as a society.
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on April 30, 2015 at 12:28:48 PT
Federal Bill Could End Prohibition Across the Unit
Federal Bill Could End Prohibition Across the United States in 2015If a state passes a law deeming marijuana a legal substance, the federal government should have no authority over the prosecution of individuals for crimes associated with the substance. This is the battle cry of a recent piece of legislation, which swept through Capitol Hill this week on bipartisan wings, aimed at blocking Uncle Sam from unleashing the dogs of the drug war against states that have legalized the leaf for medicinal or recreational purposes.The bill entitled the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015” was introduced to Congress earlier this week by Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California. It seeks to provide immunity against federal prosecution for individuals and businesses abiding state marijuana laws. And while this legislative offering is a short document, the implications between the lines are substantial, as it suggests the passing of this measure could be all that is needed to basically eliminate prohibition on a federal level. Unlike the CARERS Act, which is a bid to legalize medical marijuana nationwide, Rohrabacher’s latest proposal would extend the same protection the medical sector of the cannabis industry needs to the recreational side, which would allow states the ability to legalize weed for any purpose without concerns over violating federal to see...
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on April 30, 2015 at 10:40:10 PT
NY medical
Looks like Mass. will legalize in 2016 - that will be NY's new medical MJ program. The northeast states are all close to together! The Mass. Pike flows right into Albany from Massachusetts. 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 30, 2015 at 10:22:36 PT
"Drop the Rock"
I'm pretty sure my first letter writing effort to a newspaper, from a computer, probably in the late nineties, was addressing the injustice of the horrible, horrible Rockefeller drug laws.It didn't get printed... but I felt like I had a "Sword" for the first time. Something akin to that proverbial "Sword of Truth". I was determined to poke, and poke, and poke at that vicious beast of a law that embodied so much hatred and malice and that was devouring so many people there in New York... and the entire country, as much as I could. I was speaking up about an injustice that bothered me a lot. It felt more powerful than nothing at all. "The Rock" was vicious, cruel, stupid, and without mercy... and it caused many people to speak up. And they are being heard. I'm so thankful.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 30, 2015 at 05:42:45 PT
I never thought we would see this happen in my lifetime but now I think it might just happen!
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on April 30, 2015 at 03:54:15 PT
US MI: Column: Drug-Free Living
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 29, 2015 at 22:56:34 PT
It is amazing. 
It's coming from the land of the ungodly Rockefeller Drug Laws.
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on April 29, 2015 at 20:37:45 PT
In a pinch
FoM, I must have someone pinch me.Almost seems unreal after this long failed experiment (prohibition part 2). 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 29, 2015 at 19:44:23 PT
It is inevitable! We are winning!
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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on April 29, 2015 at 16:09:26 PT
10 years ago I would have never expected this statement:
“New York will have recreational pot. It’s inevitable.”
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