New York State Legislature and Governor Come to Agreement on Medical Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director June 19, 2014

    New York State lawmakers announced today that they have come to agreement to approve a limited pilot program for medical marijuana in the Empire State.

    An agreement was reached to amend the bill to include provisions demanded by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, including provisions that prohibit the smoking of marijuana. Instead, the amended measure is expected to only allow for non-smoked preparations of cannabis (such as oils). The compromised measure also reduces from the original bill of the number of qualifying conditions, as well as the total number of state-licensed producers and dispensers that will be allowed. (A final draft of the compromised language has not yet been made public.)

    The pilot program will be overseen by the State Health Department and would last for seven years, with the option to reauthorize the program after that period has expired. After final approval, the State Health Department will have up to 18 months to establish regulations and authorize entities permitted to dispense it. The governor, upon recommendation by the state police superintendent or the state health commissioner, would have the authority to suspend the program.

    NORML will keep you updated as this situation evolves.

    62 responses to “New York State Legislature and Governor Come to Agreement on Medical Marijuana”

    1. Sara says:

      We are one step closer NYC!
      Cuomo is gonna have to budge at some point.

    2. TheOracle says:

      And everybody else who benefits from cannabis who do not qualify for NY MMJ are just plain old screwed. Way to make sure MMJ fails to be profitable in NY just Christie did in NJ because too few of the people who benefit from MMJ are going to qualify or jump through all your damn fiery hoops. Cuomo is such a douche.

      And so it goes, the underground marijuana market will continue to thrive.

      The Beat Goes On
      Sonny & Cher

    3. Ray says:

      Yea New York!

      Next we need to remove marijuana from schedule 1 where it does not belong. We need to continue using science when writing laws, not a 1937 law based on the color of a mans skin.

      We also need hemp farming, share cropping, and distribution chains to make it profitable.

      Jobs, jobs and more jobs. Medicine for the sick and research on cures.

    4. JJ says:

      Well it’s a step forward in NY. Unfortunately, Cuomo has once again disapointed his constituents.

      Between his obstructive behavior regarding mmj pissing off the liberals/progressives, and Cuomo’s Safe Act pissing off conservatives…I predict a HUGE defeat for that shifty, conceited jackass.

    5. Too little, too late says:

      New York will need a new Governor to greatly improve access to medical marijuana for patients. This bill is so restrictive that it will only assist a small percentage of suffering patients.
      For now, many patients should still strongly consider fleeing New York for a more compassionate and progressive state.

    6. Eyes Wide Shut says:

      Mr. President will never be Cuomo’s moniker if he continues to stake out this position. I hate when our politicians act like P%$^&%S! This is nothing but evidence as to where a most probably sizeable chunk of “this” politicians contributions come from; we have that problem in a few states.

      When is the election for Governor of NY? Is it time for a change?

    7. Turtle Purple says:

      Hello i have been subjected to nasty chemicals to treat servere shoulder pain for nearly fifteen years now .i would much rather have the choice to choose how i relieve my pain .. medical pot should be an individials right ….

    8. Julian says:

      CLAP! Clap! Clap! Clap… Claaaa… Waitaminute… Oil… And are vaporizers legal? So if a patient is suffering from chemotherapy, and about to vomit themselves to death, literally, knowing full well that a vaporizer will stop the nausea, will they be charged with paraphanalia? Have the NYPD stopped their stop and friskathon before the Mayor kicks new laws into gear? And when do these new laws take effect?

    9. Nick says:

      Go NY

    10. Michael says:

      I don’t feel to good about this. I know it’s a step in the right direction, but it is such a small and restricted step that I feel it will be a while before we see any more progress for a while.