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Brooklyn is getting its first medical marijuana dispensary

September 24, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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By the end of the year, Brooklynites can expect access to legal weed.

Cannabis company Citiva Medical announced last week that it will open Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary within the next two to three months, across the street from Barclays Center. Citiva Medical, which is one of 10 medical cannabis providers licensed to operate in the state, has plans to engage with the local community, sharing information about the safety and science behind medical marijuana even before the dispensary opens, according to High Times.  

Medical marijuana was legalized in New York in 2014. In the original legislation, only 12 serious medical conditions were considered viable for a doctor’s recommendation, but since then the health department has issued new regulations, stipulating that patients prescribed opioids can substitute medical marijuana in their place.

Amy Holdener, director of marketing and communications at Citiva, told High Times that the company supports expansion of the medicinal cannabis program in New York, including easier access, better pricing and fewer regulations.

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