Medical Marijuana Becoming Legal In New York

Andrew Cuomo by Pat Arnow croppedThose New Yorkers who remember the Rockefeller drug laws may be amazed to learn that Governor Andrew Cuomo is about to sign an executive order that will permit medical marijuana in New York State. The New York Times has the details:

Joining a growing group of states that have loosened restrictions on marijuana, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York plans this week to announce an executive action that would allow limited use of the drug by those with serious illnesses, state officials say.

The turnabout by Mr. Cuomo, who had long resisted legalizing medical marijuana, comes as other states are taking increasingly liberal positions on it — most notably Colorado, where thousands have flocked to buy the drug for recreational use since it became legal on Jan. 1.

Mr. Cuomo’s plan will be far more restrictive than the laws in Colorado or California, where medical marijuana is available to people with conditions as mild as backaches. It will allow just 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe marijuana to patients with cancer, glaucoma or other diseases that meet standards to be set by the New York State Department of Health.

While Mr. Cuomo’s measure falls well short of full legalization, it nonetheless moves New York, long one of the nation’s most punitive states for those caught using or dealing drugs, a significant step closer to policies being embraced by marijuana advocates and lawmakers elsewhere.

New York hopes to have the infrastructure in place this year to begin dispensing medical marijuana, although it is too soon to say when it will actually be available to patients…

[continues in the New York Times]


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6 Comments on "Medical Marijuana Becoming Legal In New York"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jan 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm |

    Slippery slope! Soon all our toddlers will be shiftless layabouts injecting heroin into their taints! The economy will fall apart! Say no to the mary jewanna!

  2. InfvoCuernos | Jan 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm |

    Wow. Look how fast the states are scrambling to grab at that cash now that CO is raking it in. Once again averice wins the day. Watch for backpedaling when the DEA starts closing down shops in those legal states.

  3. DoomedNY | Jan 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm |

    Are there any benefits to having such a restrictive law? It would keep the black market well intact and only legally benefit the relatively few people that need cannabis for very serious health issues.

  4. But think of the children!

  5. It’s about time! Medical Cannabis has helped many people for a variety of different reasons including my father who you could not have paid to use it under normal circumstances. I’m not a user but do believe in it’s benefits….I’ve seen it for myself.

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