A commendable step was taken by New York State cannabis regulators recently. They approved letting registered patients in N.Y.’s medical cannabis access program home-grow the plant. There are almost 125,000 registered patients in the program, and according to the rules, they can grow up to six cannabis plants (only three can be mature) and up to five pounds of cannabis from their harvest. Caregivers with multiple patients can also grow up to twelve marijuana plants, with only six allowed to mature at a time.
The new rules, which took the N.Y. Cannabis Control Board (CCB) nearly one year to finalize, became effective on October 5. The CCB also approved ten more adult-use processor licenses that same day, bringing the total approved processor licenses to 25.