New details on medical marijuana legalization in NY


In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered new details today on the legalization of medical marijuana.

Cuomo will use an existing 1980 statutory authority through the state Health Department to “establish a program where qualified, eligible participants may seek relief for their symptoms in a safe and legal manner,” according to a briefing book provided to the Legislature.

Medical marijuana would be available at 20 hospitals to patients ” (1) with cancer, glaucoma and other diseases approved by the Commissioner of Health (ii) who are in a life-threatening or sense-threatening situation and (iii) have been certified by a physician as meeting these criteria.”

The program would be limited.

The briefing book said the program “will allow scientific research and evaluation into whether medical marijuana can be dispensed in an effective and controlled way without being abused.”

The state Health Department would develop the regulations and will be “subject to stringent research protocols and eligibility requirements.”

Some state lawmakers said they still want a law to legalize medical marijuana, saying the governor’s order would be too limited. For example, it might not allow medical marijuana for sick children.


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  1. Lame indeed. Political pandering at it’s worst. Where will the weed come from? Illegal to grow here, and due to the federal laws against it, you can’t really bring it in from out of state. The only source I’ve heard of is from whatever has been confiscated during drug busts. Hardly what I’d consider to be a well-vetted source. Tell ya what – let’s let Health Comissioner Shah spend a few years in his ‘saced’ place to study the potential health impacts of street weed for medicinal purposes. His report will be ready ‘in a few weeks’ – Yeah, right!

  2. Cuomos efforts will kill the compassionate care act- for Republicans like Skelos or Libous will have an excuse to ignore a democratic bill-now that Cuomo hasn’t given them an opportunity to weigh in legislatively on his plan. Cuomos plan is arbitrary and will deny too many who could benefit from medical marijuana. Furthermore the crippling ignorance of doctors in NYS lead to the opioid crises and NYS being rated one of the worst states in the Nation in pain care- so once again we can count on doctors to misprescribe medical marijuana. NYS just cant get it right when it comes to medical care for people in pain or using medications like marijuana for the public good.

  3. I live in buffalo ny and i think this bs i have fibromylgia and a hernitated disk had 2 surgeries and might be going for another i am in pain all the time .I think its great to give it to cancer patients but what about everyone else that is como get it together you made not make next time for gov if you keep pissing people off.I am tired of people saying that this drug is bad,if you look in the bible jesus smoked it before he died for us it saids that he smoked an herb.what about drinking people die everyday over drunk driving but you dont hear about people getting into car accidents over pot so what i am saying that you are also missing all the tax money that you can get from this and save ny.i rather get it legal i dont want to break any laws so lets get it together people and gov como people are hurting and so am i and you are loosing people if you still want to gov they may not vote for you again.I WANT IT LEGAL FOR EVERYONE WHO IS SICK !