New York state lawmakers and advocates of medical marijuana are gathering in Times Square to discuss the implementation of a new state law authorizing marijuana as a treatment for certain medical conditions.
Under legislation signed into law on Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, patients with one of 10 diseases will be able to obtain nonsmokeable versions of the drug.
The Compassionate Care Act negotiated by Cuomo and lawmakers doesn’t allow the drug to be sold in plant form or smoked — one of Cuomo’s key demands.
An agreement between the state Senate and Assembly on whether to legalize medical marijuana in New York is due before midnight Monday in order to be voted on before the legislative session ends later this week.
Gov. Cuomo’s attempt to rein in Medicaid spending allowed private operators to open adult daycare centers. Since then, the number of the Medicaid-funded centers in New York City has exploded.
State inspections found children isolated in closets, subjected to corporal punishment and humiliated in New York day care centers that saw little state oversight and enforcement, according to a report released by the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference.
Common violations included failure to properly screen workers for criminal records, not keeping areas clean, and not maintaining window guards.
On Sunday, State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal announced state legislation to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products.
State Sen. Diane Savino said if enacted, New York would have the most highly regulated, tightly controlled medical marijuana law in the nation.
In the aftermath of the senseless and brutal murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, lawmakers want to encourage homeowners in residential areas to get their own surveillance gear.
Some lawmakers in Albany want a state law to prohibit doctors from wearing neckties in hospitals. The proposal cites a study that shows bacteria that could lead to serious infection can be carried on ties and other loose-fitting clothing.
The New York Senate’s new Republican majority has given committee chairmanships to three Democrats who split earlier from their party’s main caucus.
Penny Martin won’t have to be pinching pennies any more.