In 2014 New York State passed legislation that will allow healthcare providers to recommend the use of medical marijuana under carefully controlled circumstances. Doctors will then be able to prescribe the Ganja in a non-smokable form to patients with serious illnesses.
Of course, this will all be heavily regulated. Under the Compassionate Care Act, five manufacturers state-wide will be selected to grow and operate four dispensaries for distribution. These exact locations have yet to be determined, but Plattsbugh, NY wants to be one of them:
“Plattsburgh, N.Y.’s Common Council said it wants local entrepreneurs to get into the marijuana business. The council voted last night in favor of a resolution that encourages companies in Clinton County to seek permission to grow and sell pot legally..[LINK].
Should Long Beach follow their lead? That is a question one reader asks, who adds, “[Marijuana] would bring people to town and do wonders for that new bakery in the west end!” Of course, on a more serious note, sees it as an opportunity for our city financially: “It might even be more impetus to get the hospital open so people can get prescriptions, or they could just make the hospital one huge grow house and a small office for prescriptions.”
With the aging population of Long Island, medical marijuana is sure to find it’s way on our Island somewhere. Making Long Beach one of the five state locations to grow and distribute is something that could create jobs and really boost our local economy.