The provisions of the state’s soon-to-be-enacted medical marijuana law will help alleviate “chain of custody” concerns, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.
The bill, which Cuomo has pledged to sign into law, allows up to five private companies to grow the marijuana and operate up to 20 total dispensaries for the drug.
Cuomo said having one company overseeing the process from “seed to sale” will help keep the companies accountable.
“There will be private companies who will be the dispensaries, basically private companies who will come in, grow it in the state and control it they say from seed to sale,” Cuomo told reporters in Rochester this morning. “One company grows it and actually distributes it and is actually responsible for the chain of custody all along. So if there’s a problem, we know it was within that one company.”
Cuomo was in Rochester to ceremonially sign a slate of bills meant to fight heroin abuse in New York. He’s traveling the state hosting the ceremonial bill signings, making stops near Binghamton yesterday and in Buffalo this afternoon.
The state Legislature passed the medical marijuana bill late last week before ending the 2014 legislative session (for now, at least). The bill allows patients with serious illnesses or spinal-cord injuries to obtain the drug for therapeutic purposes, though smoking the drug is not allowed.
Via the Democrat and Chronicle’s Brian Sharp, here’s video of Cuomo in Rochester discussing the bill: