Cuomo: Still no deal on medical marijuana

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said he wouldn’t sign a newly amended medical-marijuana bill into law if it reached his desk, despite a number of changes made to make it more amenable to him.

CuomoAPconventionThe sponsors of the bill made a number of changes to the bill just before midnight, including reducing the monthly limit to 2 ounces a month per patient, paring down a list of diseases eligible for treatment and eliminating an advisory panel that Cuomo had been critical of.

But in a radio interview Tuesday, Cuomo said he still wouldn’t approve the bill if passed by the Legislature. The state’s annual legislative session is scheduled to end Thursday, when lawmakers return to their districts for the year.

“We have made progress. That’s the good news,” Cuomo said on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a public-radio program. “The bad news is we’re not there yet. As we discussed yesterday, I have significant concerns from the professionals. I understand the politicians and the political process, but I understand that this is a very serious matter.”

By introducing the bill late Monday, the state Legislature could vote on it Thursday.

At least one major sticking point remains. Cuomo opposes allowing patients to smoke marijuana, while the bill currently allows those over 21 to smoke the drug. Bill sponsors Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, have said they’re unwilling to eliminate smoking as a delivery vehicle.

In a statement Tuesday, Gottfried said he’s confident Cuomo would ultimately sign it. Cuomo said he personally was involved in negotiations on the bill with legislative leaders Tuesday, but a deal was never reached.

“It would be a public health disaster and continue the havoc in the lives of patients if this bill doesn’t become law this year,” Gottfried said in a statement. “We’ve incorporated as many of the Governor’s suggestions as possible. Some of his other concerns were already addressed by the bill.”

Cuomo has said he would be willing to waive the mandatory three-day aging period for a vote if a deal can be reached before Thursday.

“We’ve made progress in the discussions, but we’re not there yet,” Cuomo said. “We have, as you said, three days.”

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  1. i ninety-five on

    Just put the bill on his desk already and we’ll see if he signs it.

    But for Sen. Savino to cave in and water the law down more is insane.

  2. i ninety-five on

    And I would note, not 1 of the medical marijuana laws that were initiated by a legislative body has worked. The only medical marijuana laws that have worked were voter initiatives that were loosely worded so I have my doubts.

    Cuomo and his regulations have to go. And where’s Astorino on this? I bet he’d veto but he ought to look at the revenue streams and the money to be saved by not wasting police manpower on a weed that grows in the ground.

  3. BossIlluminati on

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    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

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