NY's medical marijuana licensing process too secretive, state lawmaker says

Syracuse, N.Y. -- A state legislator who sponsored the law legalizing medical marijuana in New York says the state is being too secretive about the process it will use to award licenses to grow and distribute medical pot.

The state health department is expected to award licenses to five applicants by the end of this week.

Assemblyman Richard Gottfriend, D-Manhattan, told Capital New York the state should publicly release documents providing more details about the 43 businesses that have applied for licenses.

"I think the documents ought to be public so people can see who is applying and whether they are people with connections, et cetera," said Gottfried, the chair of the Assembly health committee. "But what concerns me most about the process is whoever gets picked, or whoever doesn't get picked, will not know why they didn't win, and to me that is an open invitation to all sorts...

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