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Decision On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Looms In NYS

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New York state health officials plan to announce this week the companies selected to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. A spokesperson for the state Department of Health says the agency intends to identify the winning applicants for five available dispensary licenses by Friday.

Under a law passed last year, the state will authorize no more than five organizations, each of which could operate up to four dispensaries.

The program is expected to begin next year. Patients with certain diseases — including cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, epilepsy — will be allowed to get prescriptions to obtain forms of the drug that are edible or vaporized, but not smoked.

Some 43 organizations have submitted applications seeking a license.

(C) 2015 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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