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CLINTON COUNTY PASSES FRACKING WASTE BAN

The Clinton County Legislature has approved a law banning the sale, transport, storage and disposal of fracking and other waste.

The new Clinton County law applies to hydraulic fracturing, natural gas, and oil waste materials. It bans the application of such waste on any road or property. It cannot be brought into or used in any wastewater treatment facilities or solid waste management facility in the county.  It also bars all sales, acquisition, storage, handling, treatment and/or processing of the materials within the county.

Clinton County is the 13th county in the state to pass such a law. The new law will take effect 60 days after it is filed with the New York State Secretary of State’s office.

CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO ESTABLISH COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM

Albany, NY (July 7, 2014) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill to establish a medical marijuana program for New York State. The new law includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered in a manner that protects public health and safety.

 Key components of the bill include:

 

Medical Marijuana Reserved for Patients with Serious Conditions:

 To be prescribed medical marijuana, a patient must receive a certification from a licensed practitioner who must register with the Department of Health and be qualified to treat the serious condition for which the patient is seeking treatment. The serious conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed are cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication on intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s Disease, or as added by the DOH commissioner.

 Registry Identification Cards will be issued by DOH to certified patients. The Department will be able to suspend or revoke the card of a patient who willfully violates any provision of the new law. Health insurers will not be required to provide coverage for medical marijuana.

 

Administering Medical Marijuana Safely:

 Any form of medical marijuana not approved by the Department of Health is prohibited, and under no circumstances will smoking be allowed. Also, patients will not be allowed to possess an amount of medical marijuana in excess of a 30 day supply.

 Organizations seeking to manufacture or distribute medical marijuana must be registered with DOH and conform to a specific list of requirements. The law allows for five registered organizations that can each operate up to four dispensaries statewide.

 

Tough Penalties for Individuals and Physicians Who Abuse Medical Marijuana Program

 The law makes it a Class E felony for a practitioner to certify an individual as eligible to facilitate the possession of medical marijuana if he or she knows or reasonably should know the person who is asking for it has no need for it. The law also makes it a misdemeanor for recipients of medical marijuana to sell or trade the medical marijuana, or retain beyond what is needed for treatment the marijuana for their own use or the use of others.

 

Distribution of Tax Revenue from Medical Marijuana

 The law puts in place a 7 percent excise tax on every sale of medical marijuana by a registered organization to a certified patient or designated caregiver. Proceeds from the excise tax will be allocated as follows: 22.5% to the county in New York state in which the medical marijuana was manufactured; 22.5% to the county in New York state in which the medical marijuana was dispensed; 5% to the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to be used for additional drug abuse prevention, counseling and treatment services; and 5% to the Division of Criminal Justice Services to support law enforcement measures related to this law.

 The bill will take effect immediately and sunset in seven years.

STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES UPDATED SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 1, 2014) – The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced it has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to meet updated national standards. The updated requirements, which do not add any new vaccines for school entry, but update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses, went into effect July 1, 2014.

New School Immunization Requirements

The new requirements, which apply to daycare, head start, nursery, pre-kindergarten and grades kindergarten through 12, represent the continued effort to protect students from vaccine-preventable diseases. The changes mark the first update to school immunization requirements in over a decade, and include:

Students entering kindergarten or 6th grade in the 2014-2015 school year will now be required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and 3-5 doses of poliomyelitis vaccine. The updated varicella and polio vaccination requirements will be phased in over the next seven years and will be required for all grades by the 2020-2021 school year.

For all other required vaccines, students in day care, head start, nursery, pre-kindergarten and grades kindergarten through 12 will be required to have age-appropriate doses in accordance with the ACIP schedule.

More detailed information is available at DOH’s Immunization website: http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/schools/updated_school_imm_requirements.htm.

 

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