New York’s health department is requesting permission from the federal government to import out-of-state marijuana for medical purposes until its in-state program can finish the regulatory process.
In July, New York became the 23rd state to authorize the use of medical marijuana for patients with diseases, including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy. The program requires the health department to write rules and license marijuana production companies. The department says that will take until 2016 to get the program underway.
Officials are set to announce that a neighborhood in Hamden, Conn., has won $1.5 million in federal money to kick start business development. The town plans to use the money to turn an abandoned school into a business space for the Newhall neighborhood.