New York Compassionate Care Act

11 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2017

Date Written: July 26, 2017


Few people seem to know that medical marijuana is legal in the State of New York. The Compassionate Care Act was passed in June of 2014 and since then there have been 24,555 patients and 1,123 doctors approved as of July 17, 2017. By way of comparison, California has 1,526,250 registered card holders in its program, and its population is almost forty million.

There are a number of reasons why this is a relatively low number in a state with a population of 8.652 Million. The confused legal status of medical marijuana in the United States is a big part of this, but the difficult regulatory scheme imposed by the New York Compassionate Care Act is a large part as well.

Keywords: Cannabis, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, New York, Compassionate Care Act

Suggested Citation

Greenberg, Robert, New York Compassionate Care Act (July 26, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Robert Greenberg (Contact Author)

Farmingdale State College,SUNY ( email )

School of Engineering Technology
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
United States

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