Medical Marijuana Proposal Would Legalize Pot In New York

Medical marijuana would be legal – and taxed – under a proposal today from state lawmakers who say New York should join with the 18 other states that have approved pot for seriously ill patients.

But, in New York, medical marijuana supporters have a strong litmus test to pass: winning support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appears dead set against this expansion of drug use.

“I’m not in favor of it,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo late last year, and his position has not changed, a spokesman said today.

That hasn’t dissuaded Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, who today introduced their latest version of a medical marijuana bill.

The proposal would allow medical providers to recommend marijuana use by patients suffering from serious conditions, such as cancer, AIDs, glaucoma and epilepsy. Terminally ill patients would also qualify for marijuana use.

- Read the entire article in The Post Standard.


Tax on Medicine?

But should medicine be taxed.
Surely the most important thing about medicines is that they be freely available to all who need them. And the point with marijuana is not only its effectiveness but the ease and cheapness with which it can be produced. It is a medicine for the poor as well as the rich. Why do we live in an age where good health care is the sole preserve of the wealthy?

Keep Tax, If Any, Senior Citizen Low!

'Bout damn time! Sooner the better.



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