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 New York Senate has voted to legalize marijuana to alleviate pain and other symptoms for some severely ill patients.
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.
The group called on Cuomo to support passing the measure, dubbed the Compassionate Care Act, before this year’s regular legislative session concludes this week.
Cuomo said the changes to the so-called Compassionate Care Act don’t include a ban on smoking the drug and requiring the program to be evaluated in five years.
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.
The bill’s sponsor said talks between between the governor’s office, Senate and Assembly have started and and her goal is an agreement within days.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said he’s open to the so-called “Compassionate Care Act,” but has reservations about the drug being exploited.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he will sign medical marijuana legislation into law as long as the measure “makes sense.”
With attention turning to the fall elections, New York legislators may end their session without voting on a minimum wage increase, medical marijuana, public campaign financing or other high-profile issues.
Mayor Bill Finch is not happy his city was chosen as one of 27 sites in Connecticut to dispense medical marijuana.
A poll shows support for medical marijuana is slightly down from February, but New Yorkers still overwhelmingly support the drug for medical use.
The Republican-led New York State Senate Health Committee approved a medical marijuana bill on Tuesday.
It’s the ultimate catch-22: the sale of medical marijuana has been legal in Connecticut for two years. There’s just no place to buy it, except from illegal drug dealers.
Many patients with debilitating brain diseases turn to marijuana after traditional treatments fail. A new review from the American Academy of Neurology shows that marijuana pills or spray can help some MS symptoms.