Push for Medical Marijuana in NY Heats Up

The push for a New York medical marijuana law is heating up. State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) has plans to introduce a medical marijuana bill in the coming weeks, just months before the legislative session ends in June.

But as far as Governor Andrew Cuomo is concerned, the medical marijuana bill is a bit premature.

The Governor has signaled that he has no intention to sign the legislation if passed. He needs more time to analyze its risks and benefits, and as of right now, the risks are winning the debate.

New York’s medical marijuana bill is not unique — the drug is legal in 16 states and Washington, D.C. State legislators had tried to pass similar laws in 2005, 2007 and 2008, but the Wall Street Journal reports they all failed.

Savino’s bill is slightly different than these past iterations. Under the proposed plan, medical marijuana will only be available from a licensed dispensary, explains the paper. Only those who are too poor to purchase it or live too far from a dispensary may grow their own plants.

Despite widespread support for this kind of New York medical marijuana bill — 71% of voters support it — passing the law could bring unwanted attention to the state. The U.S. Justice Department is still enforcing the federal marijuana ban against dispensaries that are located too close to children and those that don’t comply with other state and federal rules.

Though medical marijuana will undoubtedly bring in revenue, the state may ultimately not want to deal with these kinds of legal entanglements and the resources they will require. The New York medical marijuana bill is a lot for law enforcement and regulators to take on.

– Article from Reuters.



  1. Anonymous on

    So true!! Amen!!

  2. Anonymous on

    So true!! Amen!!

  3. Anonymous on

    if you are so dissatisfied with the marijuana situation in the US why would you want to reelect Obama in the coming election ?

  4. Anonymous on

    I think you should be directing your question to Obama.He seems to be knowing things that the vast majority of US people ignore.

  5. Anonymous on

    You have it all wrong.Its not Cuomo you should call but president Obama.Are you Americans so out of touch with the federal that you cant contact your own president.Marijuana is a federal offense not a state offense.

  6. Menacemotors on

    Lets wake him and any anti cannabis politician up. show your support for this important cause.
    Call or write him and let him know how you feel. Enough already with these delay tactics.
    We need help now!
    The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
    Governor of New York State
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, NY 12224
    (518) 474-8390

  7. hanspy on

    Is there any reason for beeing ilegal? Its much less dangerus than alcohol. As med it works for many ppl great and is way less addicted than the more legal drugs and do less harm.

    You know what is the greatest danger for a weedsmoker? No , its not cancer.Its not the other drugs.
    Its the police. Yes, you know? Those ppl that have sworn to protect and help you as being a person living in NY. Those police is harming your city and ppl more than ANY DRUG can do. They destroy lives, famelies , and even kill for protecting the ppl from something what isnt even dangerus for anybody or somebody.

  8. Anonymous on

    In case New Yorkers forget,Marijuana is illegal in the United States of America and your beloved president Obama has secretly vowed to rid the country of all the potheads.Legalize or decriminalize as much as you want in your little New York state. big daddy will be there to remind you it is a sin to light up a joint.Ridiculous,ridiculous….maybe in the future you ought to make sure you vote for a president thats sympathetic to the cannabis cause…