State proposal lays out new provisions for at-home marijuana growing

The proposal includes provisions that would allow six plants per person and no more than five pounds of marijuana for anyone over 21.

Jon Dowding

Feb 17, 2024, 3:27 AM

Updated 66 days ago

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The state proposed new regulations for at-home marijuana growth Friday, but not everyone on Long Island thinks it's a big hit.
The proposal includes provisions that would allow six plants per person and no more than five pounds of marijuana for anyone over 21.
Teri Kroll is a board member for Drug Free Long Island and lost her son to an overdose in 2009. She’s not only against legalization, but she’s concerned about proper regulation of those growing the plants in their homes.
"There's no control over the access to it,” she said. “If it's at home, there's no regulation. How do we protect our children, let alone our families?"
Hugosbely Rivas is the vice president and co-founder of the Long Island Cannabis Coalition. He says he’s heard many questions from Long Islanders about growing marijuana at home
"Am I able to do it? How much will it cost me? Is it safe to do? Is it safe around my kids? Is it safe around my pets,” he said.
Rivas says proper education is key for anyone curious about growing the plant.
"Try to educate yourself on what the plant is. Start learning more about it and seeing how you can use it for medicinal value,” he said.
Dr. Eugene Vortsman is the clinical director of Addiction Medicine and Disease Management at Northwell Health. He recommends those interested in growing the plant keep supplies like fertilizer away from children and pets, but say parents should worry more about marijuana gummies around their children and pets than marijuana plants.
"God forbid an animal, your pet, or your child gets into the actual plant and eats some of that plant. Nothing is going to happen to that child other than the fact that they just ate some. [It’s the] same thing that would happen with eating grass or leaves from a tree," he said.
Dr. Vortsman says marijuana needs to be heated at a high temperature for someone to feel its effects and says the smell from plants cannot intoxicate someone.
The public will have a chance to weigh in on these home-grow regulations before they are finalized.


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