New York Cannabis Companies Sidestep Flower Ban With Ground Flower Refills

Flower is forbidden in New York, even for patients in the state’s medical cannabis program.

Except that it isn’t. Flower is legally available to New Yorkers with medical cards, so long as it’s ground up, ostensibly for vaping. But a bowl or a blunt will work just as well.

When New York started its medical program in 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that smoking is bad for you. New Yorkers with medical marijuana cards are allowed to vape and to take tinctures, capsules, and chewables, but the Department of Health does not allow unprocessed flower. 

“Smoking medical marijuana is prohibited by the Compassionate Care Act,” said Jill Montag, public information officer for the New York DOH, referring to the medical cannabis law.  “Metered ground plant preparations for vaporization are the only approved route of administration for flower.”  

But cannabis companies in New York have discovered a backdoor way of providing legal flower, through ground flower pod refills. This is weed that is ground up. Other forms of processing require an extraction lab. But for ground flower, a handheld grinder from your corner headshop should do the trick.

Ground Flower Pods

Curaleaf, a Massachusetts-based provider with dispensaries and cultivation sites in 23

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