Governor Cuomo Mulling Medical Marijuana Law In New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in last year’s campaign shut the door on a medical marijuana law, now says he’s reconsidering it for New York.

The Democrat said he is talking to both sides of the issue, but hasn’t changed his view opposing the prescription use of marijuana.

In the week before his election in November, Cuomo said the dangers of legalizing marijuana even for medicinal use outweigh the benefits. Cuomo said then that he had smoked marijuana in his youth.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie approved that state’s medical marijuana program.

Sen. Diane Savino of Staten Island says New York must follow New Jersey’s lead to help patients of cancer, multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

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  1. bob says:

    my wife has ms , and people who have this and other ailments should be able to get it. passed gay marriage so pass this which people have been wanting just as long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Chanel Crowder says:

    Disabled Veterans Who benefit from Medical Marijuana cant in all states though they swear an oath, defended this country and served. Despite the work of patients and advocates, seriously ill patients are sadly are still awaiting for all states to have medical marijuana laws along with regulated dispensary systems, so patients have safe and reliable access to the doctor-recommended medicine. Just as many Americans have access to Oxycodone, Lortab, Tylenol, and other doctor-recommended medicines. This would also bring in money to the USA along with many job opportunities. Why continue to criminalize the ill? Many Multiple sclerosis, cancer, & AIDS patients are choosing not to waste away. In a New York study, marijuana was shown to help more than three-quarters of nauseated chemotherapy patients who did not respond to other medicines. It has also been associated with tripling the chances that AIDS and hepatitis C patients will be able to stay on their life-saving medicines. Last but most important to me, the needles to administer MS medications hurt ,I don’t like needles, nor do I use them anymore. I was a wheelchair – bound patient am able to walk unaided when I have smoked cannabis.
    Unlike Oxycodone, Lortab, Tylenol, Hydrocodone and even water, marijuana has never caused an overdose or death. Seriously ill patients should not be arrested for using medical marijuana according to their doctors’ recommendations. Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing for the medical use of marijuana by individuals with qualifying conditions. These laws are protecting sick and dying patients like me to continue to evolve and improve. The newest laws are successfully regulating access to marijuana medicine through state-licensed dispensaries, though not legal federally, why not? The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act which does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana. Disabled Veterans need The Controlled Substances Act to change, and recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana.!!! These laws are generally applied only against persons who possess, cultivate, or distribute large quantities of marijuana. Under federal law, marijuana is treated like every other controlled substance, such as cocaine and heroin. The federal government places every controlled substance in a schedule, in principle according to its relative potential for abuse and medicinal value. Under the CSA, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, which means that the federal government views marijuana as highly addictive and having no medical value. I am living proof, and The American public Health Association and American Nurses Association have noted its extremely wide margin of safety, there is zero evidence stating or supporting overdoes or death cause by Cannabis (Marijuana) and Anecdotal reports and a small controlled study have reported that cannabis improved spasticity and tremor in MS patients. On May 25, three bills related to protecting medical marijuana patients and providers were introduced in the U.S. House. The first, H.R. 1983, would change federal law so that individuals acting in clear compliance with state medical marijuana laws would be protected from federal arrest and prosecution. In states with regulated dispensary systems, patients have safe and reliable access to the doctor-recommended medicine that works best for them. Why should the federal government force responsible medical marijuana users to suffer without their medicine or to retreat back to the criminal market where regulation and oversight is impossible?

    Cannabis has also demonstrated effects on immune function that shows potential of reducing the autoimmune attack that is thought to be the underlying pathogenic process in MS. Many MS patients report that cannabis has a profound effect on muscle spasms, tremors, balance, bladder control, speech and eyesight. Again many wheelchair –bound patients report that they can walk unaided when they have smoked cannabis. Many MS patients like me, report that cannabis has a startling and profound effect on muscle spasms, tremors, balance, bladder control, speech and eyesight. Many wheelchair-bound patients like me report that they can walk unaided when they have smoked cannabis. There are hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients like me in this country whom would benefit when they are able to purchase their medicine from safe, reliable and regulated establishments “to acknowledge that these businesses are providing a service to their communities, not causing them harm.” I am a face of Multiple sclerosis and again can walk unaided when I smoke cannabis.
    DISABLED VETERANS that benefit from Medical Marijuana cant. I live in NYS. I can’t use doctor-advised, medical marijuana. I should be able to go anywhere in the USA and get Medical Marijuana legally. I am fighting my illness, I choose to defend my country, swear an oath, and served. This country is not fighting for disabled veterans. Patients like me are suffering. There are hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients in states whom will benefit when they are able to purchase their medicine from safe, reliable and regulated establishments.

    NYS Senate Bill S2774 has been introduced to allow the doctor-advised use of marijuana by the very ill. Again I am an honorable DISABLED VETERAN and am suffering from Multiple sclerosis. Patients like me have suffered for too long. I am begging, asking for you to stand up for ill patients and this legislation so that 2011 will finally be the year in which we protect all of our veterans, no matter what medicine they need to use. Lastly according to a February 2010 Quinnipiac poll, 71% of New Yorkers support allowing medical marijuana, as does the vast majority of the state’s medical community. This is a case where evidence and compassion are on the same side.
    An estimated 350,000 people in the United States are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a painful, debilitating and sometimes fatal disorder of the central nervous system. MS is the most common debilitating neurological disease of young people, appearing between the ages of 20 and 40, and affecting more women than men. Symptoms vary considerably from person to person; however, one frequently noted is spasticity, which causes pain, spasms and loss of function. Cannabis has demonstrated effects on immune function that shows potential of reducing the autoimmune attack that is thought to be the underlying pathogenic process in MS. Again many wheelchair –bound patients report that they can walk unaided when they have smoked cannabis. Doctors may not “prescribe” marijuana for medical use under federal law, though they can “recommend” its use under the First Amendment. The Drug Enforcement administration (DEA), charged with enforcing federal drug laws, has taken a substantial interest in medical marijuana patients and caregivers in general and large cultivation and distribution operations more specifically. Over the past few years, dozens of people have been targets of federal enforcement actions. Many of them have either been arrested or had property seized. More than a hundred are currently in prison or are facing charges or ongoing criminal or civil investigations for their cultivation or distribution of medical marijuana. The DEA, like local enforcement agencies, can choose how to make the best use of its time. Ideally, the DEA will leave medical marijuana patients and their caregivers alone so they say???… But federal law does not yet recognize medical marijuana and should!!!! Disabled Veterans Who benefit from Medical Marijuana cant.
    Again why continue to criminalize the ill? Medical Marijuana is not available in all states for the severely disabled veterans though like me, swear an oath, defended this country and served and was honorably discharged due to server service connected disability. I urge you to support legislation that would allow states with medical marijuana laws to carry out their programs without federal interference. Also please work on making federal laws allowing Marijuana to be used medically, since again there is zero evidence stating or supporting overdoes or death cause by Cannabis (Marijuana). Freedom, Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to for all right? I am one of many asking and begging for you to please be a voice. Medical Marijuana is needed in NYS. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated, Thank you for your time.
    .
    Miss C. Chanel Crowder – Disabled U.S. Army Veteran – Honorably Discharged
    1
    cocachanel@facebook.com

  3. Chanel Crowder says:

    Disabled Veterans Who benefit from Medical Marijuana cant in all states though they swear an oath, defended this country and served. Despite the work of patients and advocates, seriously ill patients are sadly are still awaiting for all states to have medical marijuana laws along with regulated dispensary systems, so patients have safe and reliable access to the doctor-recommended medicine. Just as many Americans have access to Oxycodone, Lortab, Tylenol, and other doctor-recommended medicines. This would also bring in money to the USA along with many job opportunities. Why continue to criminalize the ill? Many Multiple sclerosis, cancer, & AIDS patients are choosing not to waste away. In a New York study, marijuana was shown to help more than three-quarters of nauseated chemotherapy patients who did not respond to other medicines. It has also been associated with tripling the chances that AIDS and hepatitis C patients will be able to stay on their life-saving medicines. Last but most important to me, the needles to administer MS medications hurt ,I don’t like needles, nor do I use them anymore. I was a wheelchair – bound patient am able to walk unaided when I have smoked cannabis.
    Unlike Oxycodone, Lortab, Tylenol, Hydrocodone and even water, marijuana has never caused an overdose or death. Seriously ill patients should not be arrested for using medical marijuana according to their doctors’ recommendations. Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing for the medical use of marijuana by individuals with qualifying conditions. These laws are protecting sick and dying patients like me to continue to evolve and improve. The newest laws are successfully regulating access to marijuana medicine through state-licensed dispensaries, though not legal federally, why not? The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act which does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana. Disabled Veterans need The Controlled Substances Act to change, and recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana.!!! These laws are generally applied only against persons who possess, cultivate, or distribute large quantities of marijuana. Under federal law, marijuana is treated like every other controlled substance, such as cocaine and heroin. The federal government places every controlled substance in a schedule, in principle according to its relative potential for abuse and medicinal value. Under the CSA, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, which means that the federal government views marijuana as highly addictive and having no medical value. I am living proof, and The American public Health Association and American Nurses Association have noted its extremely wide margin of safety, there is zero evidence stating or supporting overdoes or death cause by Cannabis (Marijuana) and Anecdotal reports and a small controlled study have reported that cannabis improved spasticity and tremor in MS patients. On May 25, three bills related to protecting medical marijuana patients and providers were introduced in the U.S. House. The first, H.R. 1983, would change federal law so that individuals acting in clear compliance with state medical marijuana laws would be protected from federal arrest and prosecution. In states with regulated dispensary systems, patients have safe and reliable access to the doctor-recommended medicine that works best for them. Why should the federal government force responsible medical marijuana users to suffer without their medicine or to retreat back to the criminal market where regulation and oversight is impossible?

    Cannabis has also demonstrated effects on immune function that shows potential of reducing the autoimmune attack that is thought to be the underlying pathogenic process in MS. Many MS patients report that cannabis has a profound effect on muscle spasms, tremors, balance, bladder control, speech and eyesight. Again many wheelchair –bound patients report that they can walk unaided when they have smoked cannabis. Many MS patients like me, report that cannabis has a startling and profound effect on muscle spasms, tremors, balance, bladder control, speech and eyesight. Many wheelchair-bound patients like me report that they can walk unaided when they have smoked cannabis. There are hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients like me in this country whom would benefit when they are able to purchase their medicine from safe, reliable and regulated establishments “to acknowledge that these businesses are providing a service to their communities, not causing them harm.” I am a face of Multiple sclerosis and again can walk unaided when I smoke cannabis.
    DISABLED VETERANS that benefit from Medical Marijuana cant. I live in NYS. I can’t use doctor-advised, medical marijuana. I should be able to go anywhere in the USA and get Medical Marijuana legally. I am fighting my illness, I choose to defend my country, swear an oath, and served. This country is not fighting for disabled veterans. Patients like me are suffering. There are hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients in states whom will benefit when they are able to purchase their medicine from safe, reliable and regulated establishments.

    NYS Senate Bill S2774 has been introduced to allow the doctor-advised use of marijuana by the very ill. Again I am an honorable DISABLED VETERAN and am suffering from Multiple sclerosis. Patients like me have suffered for too long. I am begging, asking for you to stand up for ill patients and this legislation so that 2011 will finally be the year in which we protect all of our veterans, no matter what medicine they need to use. Lastly according to a February 2010 Quinnipiac poll, 71% of New Yorkers support allowing medical marijuana, as does the vast majority of the state’s medical community. This is a case where evidence and compassion are on the same side.
    An estimated 350,000 people in the United States are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a painful, debilitating and sometimes fatal disorder of the central nervous system. MS is the most common debilitating neurological disease of young people, appearing between the ages of 20 and 40, and affecting more women than men. Symptoms vary considerably from person to person; however, one frequently noted is spasticity, which causes pain, spasms and loss of function. Cannabis has demonstrated effects on immune function that shows potential of reducing the autoimmune attack that is thought to be the underlying pathogenic process in MS. Again many wheelchair –bound patients report that they can walk unaided when they have smoked cannabis. Doctors may not “prescribe” marijuana for medical use under federal law, though they can “recommend” its use under the First Amendment. The Drug Enforcement administration (DEA), charged with enforcing federal drug laws, has taken a substantial interest in medical marijuana patients and caregivers in general and large cultivation and distribution operations more specifically. Over the past few years, dozens of people have been targets of federal enforcement actions. Many of them have either been arrested or had property seized. More than a hundred are currently in prison or are facing charges or ongoing criminal or civil investigations for their cultivation or distribution of medical marijuana. The DEA, like local enforcement agencies, can choose how to make the best use of its time. Ideally, the DEA will leave medical marijuana patients and their caregivers alone so they say???… But federal law does not yet recognize medical marijuana and should!!!! Disabled Veterans Who benefit from Medical Marijuana cant.
    Again why continue to criminalize the ill? Medical Marijuana is not available in all states for the severely disabled veterans though like me, swear an oath, defended this country and served and was honorably discharged due to server service connected disability. I urge you to support legislation that would allow states with medical marijuana laws to carry out their programs without federal interference. Also please work on making federal laws allowing Marijuana to be used medically, since again there is zero evidence stating or supporting overdoes or death cause by Cannabis (Marijuana). Freedom, Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to for all right? I am one of many asking and begging for you to please be a voice. Medical Marijuana is needed in NYS. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated, Thank you for your time.
    .
    Miss C. Chanel Crowder – Disabled U.S. Army Veteran – Honorably Discharged

    cocachanel@facebook.com

  4. Abra says:

    Probably would be a good idea to watch that a little more carefully than in Calif, where “medical” marijuana prescriptions are as easy to come by as aspirin. I know pot smokers think there is NOTHING wrong with it, but I know too many old potheads with ruined minds to agree with that. Medical use is fine, but pot is not a cool recreatiional drug for kids to have legal access to.

    1. Mary Jane says:

      Seems to me like when and if MJ is ever legalized, it will be regulated just like alocohol. And with regulation comes laws that will protect the quality of MJ, keeping it safe for consumption, right? No telling what those old pot heads smoked, knowingly or unknowingly. The stuff they smoked could have had pesticides in it and who knows what else. And also when/if MJ is regulated, wouldn’t there be age restrictions that keep it illegal for people to smoke under a certain age, just like alcohol? I know those kinds of laws do not completely keep people underage from consuming, but they at least make it more difficult for them to do so. I say legalize it, regulate it, and tax it. Legalize it for both recreational use as well as medical.

  5. potheadbobby says:

    There are no ill-health effects or dangers from eating marijuana versus smoking it. What are people so fearful of? That a bunch of potheads are going to start robbing 7-11’s of their hershey bars? Legalize it already… it was put on this earth for us to enjoy.

  6. badman says:

    Cuomo’s not exactly a fiscal conservative, but he’s not categorically a tax-and-spend liberal, either. Combine that with a liberal social agenda and you get something as close to libertarianism that you can find in mainstream politics.

    Conservatives, be TRUE conservatives. That means government out of your life, as much as possible. And that means letting people do what they want to do, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Gay marriage and smoking pot both fit these parameters.

  7. MeAgain says:

    hell yes – about time. I just want to get some stank on the hanglow.

  8. Dreamcast says:

    I support medical marijuana in NYS.

    1. Afghan Veteran says:

      As a disabled veteran wounded in combat in Afghanistan I smoke marijuana daily to suppress body pain , headaches and symptoms of PTSD. I am now able to live a happy life with less pain, I am even able to continue my college education now since using marijuana. It’s time to stop living in the past New York, taxation of medical marijuana and the fees associated with getting your license to posses this harmless plant could get this state out of the red.

  9. Micha says:

    Do it, Cuomo!

  10. TRACK says:

    Stop trying to rule other peoples lives! Nothing wrong with what G_D has made, Genesis 1:11-12. Got a problem with marijuana, TALK WITH GOD ABOUT IT! G_D said “it is good”…

  11. TomNJ says:

    I believe the should legalize marijuana completely. Drinking does not agree with me and I need something to make all the rest of what the government does seem OK. I guess if I get stoned gay marriage and the economy will be “groovy”. By the way, will we be able to smoke it in the parks and beaches?

    1. Michael H. says:

      You would likely not be allowed to smoke cannabis anywhere but the privacy of your own home or at an Amsterdam style “coffee house”. As somebody who agrees with legalization, I am fine with these kinds of restrictions. You cannot drink alcohol out in public, why should cannabis be any different?

  12. cygon says:

    the pox on all of you libturds who voted this public adulterer in office.

    1. KPMc says:

      You voted for Palladino? Now that’s funny.

      1. KPMc says:

        AND YES I DO PACK FUDGE

  13. KPMc says:

    “Cuomo said the dangers of legalizing marijuana even for medicinal use outweigh the benefits. ”

    Can someone outline these dangers for me because my local deli being out of Cheetos and Hostess cupcakes really doesn’t seem like a great threat to society.

    Now… people that are desperate for prescription pain killers… thats a friggin’ problem.

    1. Micha says:

      amen! couldn’t have put it as eloquently as you did!

  14. Desi says:

    The money that would be saved in just the law enforcement system would be phenomenal, not to mention what would be saved in releasing non-violent offenders that are incarcerated for minor possession or for growing their own medicine. This concept needs to go to the Federal level, or at least the feds need to leave the states that have legalized, as well as those dispensaries alone. Personally, I had been taking Oxycontin for severe chronic pain for over eight years, my liver was beginning to fail, I was having seizures, memory loss, cognitive problems, and the list goes on. I needed an alternative to that deadly path, and cannabis saved my life. I no longer take the Oxy, and no longer have those problems. Re-think it. Cannabis is NOT crack, heroine or LSD. Narcotic pain medications are. Oxycontin is known as Hillbilly Heroine. And it’s legal? Re-think it. Please.

  15. Colin Larnerd says:

    Finally! Thank you Governor Cuomo for having compassion!

  16. Mike says:

    Yes everything does come down to money, but why is alcohol legal and not Marijuana? It’s not really the substance, but how the individual uses it. We all know people that smoke Marijuana that are much more successful and better all around individuals than some of the folks that we now that only drink. You can be a dead beat drunk or alcohol just as easily as you can be a stoner pot head, but one is not worse than the other.

    To equate same sex marriage to this argument however is a bit off focus… it is the same (to me) as saying well we let whites marry blacks so I guess Marijuana is on the table now..

    1. cygon says:

      being black is a normal human phenomenon. being gay is not. otherwise they’d be able to reproduce. that is how nature works

      1. Michael H. says:

        You have no scientific evidence to back your assertion that being gay is not a normal human phenomenon. As long as there has been recorded human history, there have been gay men and women. Common sense would lead you to believe that this extends back beyond recorded human history. Studies of the human brain have definitely shown scientific evidence of people being “hardwired” as gay or straight.

      2. Eric in Manhattan says:

        What an ignorant comment. You sound more angry than intelligent.

      3. jim says:

        there has been murderers & child molesters since recorded history, it does’nt make that right either so stop pushing gay as normal. I’m not judging but God will!

      4. Michael H. says:

        jim, murderers and child molesters are violating the rights of others and committing a crime in the process. they are harming other people. gay people are doing no such thing. your analogy failed before it even left your fingertips.

  17. Gloria Guerriera says:

    Since he took care of gay marriage, if he legalizes marijuana , that will take care of all the important things that needed doing in NYS he can now coast till the next election. Thank God for Cuomo. He is the second coming of Mario.

    1. Michael H. says:

      He’s ten times the governor his father ever was. I couldn’t stand Mario, but I’m loving Andrew!

      1. Michael H. says:

        AND YES I DO PACK FUDGE

  18. Friend says:

    What is next…crack?

    1. KPMc says:

      What exactly are the medicinal purposes of crack?

      But as long as there is plenty of OXY being manufactured it’s all ok.

  19. evomike06 says:

    my as well…its eventually going to become legal any way as soon as our government figures out the best way to tax it.

  20. Gotham Lab says:

    I support medical marijuana in New York.

  21. haha says:

    EVERYTHING comes down to money.
    Do you know how much $$$$ NY will generate if they allowed weed..excuse me..I mean Medical Marijuana.???
    Just like same sex marriage. Know how much $$$ NY will generate from that?!?
    You got it folks! During financial crises and recessions, anything that will generage $$ is on the table.

  22. tom says:

    Lets help new yorkers in pain. I support this

  23. still here hj says:

    I have als since 08 at first i lost my appetite and became very depressed,now i eat every day and life doesn’t suck as much thanks to cannabis

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