June 14, 2012

Medical Marijuana in New York? Not Yet, But Assembly Vote Highlights Growing MMJ Support

NewYork

A measure calling for the legalization and regulation of medical marijuana in New York sailed through the state Assembly yesterday, underscoring growing support for MMJ in the Big Apple.

Don’t expect to see medical cannabis in NY anytime soon: The bill faces plenty of opposition in the Senate – where the measure now heads – and the state’s governor has already said he will veto it anyway.

But don’t write it off as just a symbolic development, either. This is one tangible and important step in a long process, and it will lay the groundwork for MMJ legalization in the years to come. In other states with MMJ laws, medical marijuana initiatives often failed at first, making small gains along the way until finally winning support of the majority of lawmakers and the governor.

How is this any different than the situation in 2007 and 2008, when the NY Assembly also passed medical marijuana bills, to no avail? For one, the entire MMJ landscape has changed since then. Today, 17 states – including several near New York – and the nation’s capital have MMJ laws on the books, and several others could legalize medical cannabis this year. So support for medical marijuana is growing nationally, making it much more acceptable in the public eye.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also is trying to reduce state marijuana penalties in general and has left the door open to MMJ legalization down the road, saying he wants to study the issue further before signing off on any bills. Lastly, the current bill has the support of more than 50 lawmakers and was approved by a wide margin in the Assembly, with 90 lawmakers voting for it and 50 voting against it.

Put it all together, and the prospects for medical marijuana legalization in New York look a lot better in 2013 or 2014.


One Comment:

  1. Tell your lawmakers how you feel and what they should do – The Easy Way – via http://www.congress.org

Post Your Comment:


Please note:
Comments are moderated by our editors who do their best to approve comments ASAP. As Marijuana Business Daily is focused on business, we approve comments that are specifically relevant to industry professionals. General opinions and questions about cannabis may not be posted.

Louisiana Officially Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill making his state the 24th in the [click to continue...]

New York Cannabis Firm Buys Oregon Utility Building for $3M

In another sign of the marijuana industry’s growing national reach, a New York-based real estate [click to continue...]

WA Moves Closer to Overhauling Marijuana Tax Structure

cannabis taxes

Washington State growers and processors would no longer pay a 25% tax on cannabis and [click to continue...]

Sole MMJ Dispensary Opens in Delaware

Delaware’s only licensed medical cannabis dispensary officially opened in the northern town of Wilmington on [click to continue...]

Canadian Cultivator Tilray to Lay Off 61 Employees

Canadian medical marijuana producer and distributor Tilray said it will lay off 61 employees as [click to continue...]

South Dakota Tribe to Partner With Colorado Grower

native american cannabis

A South Dakota tribe announced this week that it is teaming up with a cannabis [click to continue...]

Startup Acquires Inventory Tracking Firm, Plans Banking Solution

A Los Angeles-based financial services startup backed by a notable investor announced Thursday that it [click to continue...]

Vancouver Will Regulate Dispensaries Despite Federal Ban

The Vancouver City Council has voted to create a bylaw governing the city’s many dispensaries, [click to continue...]

Measure to Sink Ohio Cannabis Legalization Effort Passes House

ohio cannabis legislation

Correction: The initial version of this story incorrectly reported that the measure to prevent monopolies [click to continue...]

Cannabis Companies Dropped From Denver Fair

Marijuana companies apparently aren’t welcome at the Denver County Fair this year. The fair’s organizers [click to continue...]

Big Names in Canadian MMJ Industry Merging

Two of Canada’s largest licensed medical marijuana ventures are merging, which will create the country’s [click to continue...]

Nevada Dispensary’s Launch Delayed Again

dispensary delays

A Nevada company that hopes to open the first dispensary in the state has been [click to continue...]

California Medical Marijuana Grow Raided

Local law enforcement officials in a town just south of San Francisco raided a medical [click to continue...]

Study: Edibles Potency Claims in CA, WA Often Inaccurate

Edibles products in several major cities on the West Coast often include misleading labels that [click to continue...]

Marijuana Business Daily