|SAME AS||SAME AS S07250|
|COSPNSR||Dinowitz, Hevesi, Lupardo, Blake, Zebrowski, Skartados, Ortiz, Brindisi, McDonald, Seawright|
|Amd §§3364 & 3365, Pub Health L|
|Relates to permitting registered organizations to sell, deliver, distribute or receive medical marihuana to or from another registered organization.|
|03/10/2016||referred to health|
|04/14/2016||advanced to third reading cal.517|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9507 SPONSOR: Gottfried (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to organizations registered to sell, deliver, distribute or dispense medical marihuana   PURPOSE: To allow registered organizations to contract for facilities, equipment, or services; and repeal the requirement that registered organizations be vertically integrated.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends subdivisions 4, 6, and 13 and adds new subdivisions 14 and 15 to section 3364 of Public Health Law. Allows a registered organ- ization to contract with persons or entities to provide facilities, equipment, or services related to the registered organization's func- tions or activities. All laws applicable to the registered organization shall apply to the contractor. Allows a registered organization to sell, deliver, distribute, or receive medical marihuana to or from another registered organization. Section 2: Amends Subdivisions 1, 3, 8 and 9 of section 3365 of Public Health Law to remove references capping the number of registered organ- izations at five and dispensaries per organization at four. Section 3: Effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The Department of Health has authorized just five registered organiza- tions (ROs), with four dispensaries each, to provide medical marihuana. Nor are the registered organizations allowed to contract out any part of the production and distribution processes. They must own every part of the operation from growing to dispensing, a system of mandatory vertical integration that the State would normally discourage. Almost every element of the manufacturing/retailing economy operates through compa- nies that are not vertically integrated and includes contracting out segments of operations. This places significant burdens on the RO business model. For example, ROs produce medical marihuana in one location and distributes it else- where to be dispensed, but cannot simply ship its product with a shipper (no matter how secure) like any other manufacturer. Instead, the RO must own the delivery trucks itself and directly employ the drivers. This bill allows the RO to contract out some of its functions while ensuring that all laws applicable to the RO apply to the contractors as well. The bill removes both the limit on the numbers of ROs and dispensaries and the requirement that ROs be vertically integrated. In order to allow non-integration, the bill allows a registered organ- ization to sell, deliver, distribute, or receive medical marihuana to or from another registered organization. There are many strains of medical marihuana targeting different diseases and age groups. A patient in a rural area may be certified for a particular strain only to discover that no dispensary in the region carries it. Allowing ROs to sell, deliver, or distribute to, or receive medical marihuana from other ROs will help get critically important medicine to patients who would other- wise struggle with long-distance travel and geographic disparities. This bill is a significant step towards expanding patient access by ensuring adequate supply and statewide availability of medical marihua- na.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 9507 IN ASSEMBLY March 10, 2016 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. GOTTFRIED, DINOWITZ, HEVESI, LUPARDO, BLAKE, ZEBROWSKI, SKARTADOS, ORTIZ, BRINDISI -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CERETTO, SEPULVEDA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to organizations registered to sell, deliver, distribute or dispense medical marihuana The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivisions 4, 6 and 13 of section 3364 of the public 2 health law, as added by chapter 90 of the laws of 2014, are amended and 3 two new subdivisions 14 and 15 are added to read as follows: 4 4. (a) A registered organization may lawfully, in good faith, sell, 5 deliver, distribute or dispense medical marihuana to a certified patient 6 or designated caregiver upon presentation to the registered organization 7 of a valid registry identification card for that certified patient or 8 designated caregiver. When presented with the registry identification 9 card, the registered organization shall provide to the certified patient 10 or designated caregiver a receipt, which shall state: the name, address, 11 and registry identification number of the registered organization; the 12 name and registry identification number of the certified patient and the 13 designated caregiver (if any); the date the marihuana was sold; any 14 recommendation or limitation by the practitioner as to the form or forms 15 of medical marihuana or dosage for the certified patient; and the form 16 and the quantity of medical marihuana sold. The registered organization 17 shall retain a copy of the registry identification card and the receipt 18 for six years. 19 (b) The [ proprietor of a] registered organization shall file or cause 20 to be filed any receipt and certification information with the depart- 21 ment by electronic means on a real time basis as the commissioner shall 22 require by regulation. When filing receipt and certification information 23 electronically pursuant to this paragraph, the proprietor of the regis- 24 tered organization shall dispose of any electronically recorded 25 prescription information in such manner as the commissioner shall by 26 regulation require. EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13605-01-6A. 9507 2 1 6. When a registered organization sells, delivers, distributes or 2 dispenses medical marihuana to a certified patient or designated care- 3 giver, it shall provide to that individual a safety insert, which will 4 be developed and approved by the commissioner and include, but not be 5 limited to, information on: 6 (a) methods for administering medical marihuana in individual doses, 7 (b) any potential dangers stemming from the use of medical marihuana, 8 (c) how to recognize what may be problematic usage of medical marihua- 9 na and obtain appropriate services or treatment for problematic usage, 10 and 11 (d) other information as determined by the commissioner in 12 regulations. 13 13. The commissioner is authorized to make [ rules and] regulations 14 restricting the advertising and marketing of medical marihuana, which 15 shall be consistent with the federal regulations governing prescription 16 drug advertising and marketing. 17 14. A registered organization may contract with a person or entity to 18 provide facilities, equipment or services that are part of or incidental 19 to the registered organization's functions or activities under this 20 section. All laws and regulations applicable to the registered organiza- 21 tion shall apply to the contract. The registered organization and other 22 parties to the contract shall each be responsible and accountable for 23 compliance with such laws and regulations under the contract. The 24 commissioner may make regulations consistent with this title relating to 25 contracts and parties to contracts under this subdivision. 26 15. A registered organization may lawfully, in good faith, sell, 27 deliver, or distribute medical marihuana to a registered organization 28 and may acquire medical marihuana from a registered organization, in 29 accordance with the registration of both registered organizations. 30 § 2. Subdivisions 1, 3, 8 and 9 of section 3365 of the public health 31 law, as added by chapter 90 of the laws of 2014, are amended to read as 32 follows: 33 1. Application for initial registration. (a) An applicant for regis- 34 tration as a registered organization under section thirty-three hundred 35 sixty-four of this title shall include such information prepared in such 36 manner and detail as the commissioner may require, including but not 37 limited to: 38 (i) a description of the activities in which it intends to engage as a 39 registered organization; 40 (ii) that the applicant: 41 (A) is of good moral character; 42 (B) possesses or has the right to use sufficient land, buildings, and 43 other premises (which shall be specified in the application) and equip- 44 ment to properly carry on the activity or activities described in the 45 application, or in the alternative posts a bond of not less than two 46 million dollars; 47 (C) is able to maintain effective security and control to prevent 48 diversion, abuse, and other illegal conduct relating to the marihuana; 49 (D) is able to comply with all applicable state laws and regulations 50 relating to the activities in which it intends to engage under the 51 registration; 52 (iii) that the applicant has entered into a labor peace agreement with 53 a bona-fide labor organization that is actively engaged in representing 54 or attempting to represent the applicant's employees. The maintenance of 55 such a labor peace agreement shall be an ongoing material condition of 56 certification.A. 9507 3 1 (iv) the applicant's status under subdivision one of section thirty- 2 three hundred sixty-four of this title; and 3 (v) the application shall include the name, residence address and 4 title of each of the officers and directors and the name and residence 5 address of any person or entity that is a member of the applicant. Each 6 such person, if an individual, or lawful representative if a legal enti- 7 ty, shall submit an affidavit with the application setting forth: 8 (A) any position of management or ownership during the preceding ten 9 years of a ten per centum or greater interest in any other business, 10 located in or outside this state, manufacturing or distributing drugs; 11 (B) whether such person or any such business has been convicted of a 12 felony or had a registration or license suspended or revoked in any 13 administrative or judicial proceeding; and 14 (C) such other information as the commissioner may reasonably require. 15 3. Granting of registration. (a) The commissioner shall grant a regis- 16 tration or amendment to a registration under this section if he or she 17 is satisfied that: 18 (i) the applicant will be able to maintain effective control against 19 diversion of marihuana; 20 (ii) the applicant will be able to comply with all applicable state 21 laws; 22 (iii) the applicant and its officers are ready, willing and able to 23 properly carry on the manufacturing or distributing activity for which a 24 registration is sought; 25 (iv) the applicant possesses or has the right to use sufficient land, 26 buildings and equipment to properly carry on the activity or activities 27 described in the application; 28 (v) it is in the public interest that such registration be granted; 29 the commissioner may consider whether the number of registered organiza- 30 tions in an area will be adequate or excessive to reasonably serve the 31 area; 32 (vi) the applicant and its managing officers are of good moral charac- 33 ter; 34 (vii) the applicant has entered into a labor peace agreement with a 35 bona-fide labor organization that is actively engaged in representing or 36 attempting to represent the applicant's employees; and 37 (viii) the applicant satisfies any other conditions as determined by 38 the commissioner. 39 (b) If the commissioner is not satisfied that the applicant should be 40 issued a registration, he or she shall notify the applicant in writing 41 of those factors upon which further evidence is required. Within thirty 42 days of the receipt of such notification, the applicant may submit addi- 43 tional material to the commissioner or demand a hearing, or both. 44 (c) The fee for a registration under this section shall be a reason- 45 able amount determined by the department in regulations; provided, 46 however, if the registration is issued for a period greater than two 47 years the fee shall be increased, pro rata, for each additional month of 48 validity. 49 (d) Registrations issued under this section shall be effective only 50 for the registered organization and shall specify: 51 (i) the name and address of the registered organization; 52 (ii) which activities of a registered organization are permitted by 53 the registration; 54 (iii) the land, buildings and facilities that may be used for the 55 permitted activities of the registered organization; andA. 9507 4 1 (iv) such other information as the commissioner shall reasonably 2 provide to assure compliance with this title. 3 (e) Upon application of a registered organization, a registration may 4 be amended to allow the registered organization to relocate within the 5 state or to add or delete permitted registered organization activities 6 or facilities. The fee for such amendment shall be two hundred fifty 7 dollars. 8 8. The department shall begin issuing registrations for registered 9 organizations as soon as practicable after the [ certifications] certif- 10 ication required by section thirty-three hundred sixty-nine-b of this 11 title [ are] is given. 12 9. The commissioner shall register [ no more than five] registered 13 organizations [ that manufacture medical marihuana with no more than four14 dispensing sites wholly owned and operated by such registered organiza-15 tion] and facilities to promote reasonable access to medical marihuana 16 in the interest of certified patients and the public. The commissioner 17 shall ensure that [ such] registered organizations and dispensing sites 18 are geographically distributed across the state and shall not require 19 that dispensing sites be owned or operated by the registered organiza- 20 tion licensed to manufacture medical marihuana. [ The commission may21 register additional registered organizations.] 22 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend- 23 ments to title 5-a of article 33 of the public health law made by this 24 act shall not affect the expiration and repeal of such title and shall 25 expire and be deemed repealed therewith.