Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Monday said his chamber would be “delighted” to take up a medical marijuana bill this year—but only if the Senate acts on it.
Silver told reporters Monday afternoon that he doesn’t believe the medical pot bill—which would authorize the drug for medical use and set up parameters for growing and distributing it to patients—has a “future” in Albany this year.
The reason, he said, is because the Senate hasn’t shown an interest in taking it up. That prompted a bit of backlash from bill sponsor Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, who said it’s a matter of when the legislation is passed, not if.
By Monday evening, Silver issued a statement clarifying his remarks.
“The Assembly Majority has passed the Compassionate Care Act both in this year’s one-house budget resolution and during the 2013 legislative session,” Silver said in the statement. “In fact, the Assembly has passed the measure many times since 2007. To date the Senate has not acted on the legislation. Should the Senate decide to take up the bill, we would be delighted to pass it once again. I hope this is the year New York finally has a medical marijuana law.”
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