NY Legalizes MMJ, but Smoking Banned

Lawmakers in New York have reached a deal to legalize medical marijuana under a restrictive pilot program that bans smoking the plant but allows the sale of oils, edibles and vapor forms of the drug.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders struck a last-minute agreement on the bill Thursday, and the state Legislature passed the bill early Friday morning by a margin of 113 to 14.

The plan is far more narrow that the one advocates had proposed. Aside from the ban on smoking cannabis, the law allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for HIV/AIDS, cancer, Lou Gherig’s disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, epilepsy, some spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis. 

That will limit the patient base, but there will still be plenty of opportunities – particularly in the area of infused products – for entrepreneurs.

Under the measure, the State Health Department will oversee the program, which will run for seven years. Legislators will be given the ability to reauthorize it after that period.

, NY Legalizes MMJ, but Smoking BannedThe department will have up to 18 months to establish regulations governing medical marijuana. According to the New York Daily News, the state will license up to five companies to grow and distribute medical cannabis.

The proposal allows the governor to suspend the program at any time upon recommendation by the state police superintendent or the state health commissioner.

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3 comments on “NY Legalizes MMJ, but Smoking Banned
  1. shulamit on

    We have to feel blessed that this is at least a start. If we hold it as a blessing that will pull better energy towards it unfolding in the best way for all concerned. Once this cat is fully out of the hat it will never be put back. We get to practice patience as we wait.

  2. Anne Munnh on

    They are making it as difficult as possible for sick people to obtain a drug that is much safer than OxyContin. People that need it will have buy it illegally or go without because of the availability.

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