April 10, 2012

New York Medical Marijuana Bill on the Horizon, but Gov. Not Yet Ready for Legal MMJ

NewYork

New York lawmakers will take up the issue of medical marijuana once again in the coming weeks, as a state senator plans to submit a proposal this spring to legalize MMJ.

But don’t expect to see dispensaries on the streets anytime soon: New York’s governor remains opposed to the idea at this time. Anyone hoping to start an MMJ-related business in New York, therefore, might have to wait until 2013 at the earliest.

Diane Savino, a Democratic senator representing Staten Island, intends to introduce a bill this spring that would legalize the possession and use of medical cannabis. Under the proposal, patients would be able to buy marijuana from dispensaries that have registered and received licenses from the state, and there would be strict limits on who would be allowed to grow their own cannabis at home.

Several previous attempts to legalize medical marijuana in New York failed, finding little backing from lawmakers. There’s a good chance the state could pass the bill this time around, however, as support for MMJ is now quite strong among voters. Recent polls show that anywhere from 50% to roughly 70% of New Yorkers back the idea of legalizing medical marijuana, mirroring public support nationwide for MMJ.

But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo still isn’t convinced that legalization is the answer, telling reporters this week that he needs time to research and evaluate the matter before signing off on any legislation.

The governor hasn’t ruled out the possibility of backing a medical cannabis bill at some point, but he said there likely isn’t enough time for a thorough study of this issue in the current session.

Unless he has a change of heart in the next two months, MMJ legalization won’t become a reality in New York this year even if lawmakers give it the go-ahead.

 

 


2 Comments:

  1. As a patient with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS\RSD) I have spent the last 5 years on opiates\opiods to manage my pain, though with the current regiment of medication my pain is only partialy managed. I have had several surgeries from implanting a Spinal Cord Stimulator with revisions, to the ultimate removal of the device due to infections of which turned out to be MRSA. These conditions are very painful, to the point where they are not only dehablitating, but also indiscribable in words. I never in a million years would have thought I would have to rely upon a pharmacutical to manage pain before getting hurt on the job, I never even took so much as an asprin for headaches, now I am on a 24 hour regiment of opiates to manage my pain. These medications are not only expensive, but cause tremendious strain on the liver and on other organs of the body which ultimately will cause further issues down the line. It is beyond time to make something that nature produces that has been used for thousands of years not only in this country before and after the plight of the Native Americans, but also in Europe, and beyond. Canibis has so many potential values for not only medical values, but also commercial values, by producing paper, clothing, textiles, alternitive bio fuels, oils for mechanical, medical, and evniormental. Honorable Govenor Cumo, you were voted into office to see that the interests of your constituants were met, meet the needs of those who need additional supliments of medicimal use of canibis to help improve the quality of life for those who need it the most.

  2. Medical Canibis bills have been introduced into the NY Assembly and Senate for at least the last three years. The Gov. states more research needs to be done before he would sign the current Bill. What has he been doing over the last three years? It is time to do the right thing now. To many people have been waiting to long for a safe medicine. It is time for NY law makers and you as our Govenor to do what the majority of NY are asking for. Do your job or look for another…

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.

Rand Paul Brings In Six Figures at MJ Industry Fundraiser

Rand_Paul_official_portrait_with_flag_edit

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made a splash in Denver on Tuesday, raising an estimated [click to continue...]

Hawaii Bill Establishing Dispensaries Likely To Become Law

Dispensaries could be open in Hawaii in just over a year, as a bill establishing [click to continue...]

Second MMJ Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania Legislature

In an attempt to get around obstructionists in the state House of Representatives who have [click to continue...]

Fifth New Jersey Dispensary Given Green Light

New Jersey medical cannabis, pot dispensary and marijuana industry news

And then there were five. Dispensaries permitted in New Jersey, that is. Compassionate Sciences, Inc. [click to continue...]

Louisiana Gov Signs Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill making his state the latest 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...]

Marijuana Business Daily