By Lydia O’Connor for The Huffington Post. New York’s medical marijuana program finally begins Thursday, a year and a half after it was approved, but it won’t be the landmark achievement its advocates dreamed of.

A dearth of marijuana vendors and producers, onerous restrictions on patients and requirements that doctors take a special class likely will cripple medical marijuana in the state, according to advocates.

New York’s program “is definitely better than no program at all,” Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, told The Huffington Post in an email.  But not by much.

“It’s a shame that some politicians want to race to the bottom to enact the most restrictive — meaning the worst — medical marijuana law,” O’Keefe said.

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