NY State Assembly Includes Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill in House Budget Bill, Jumpstarting Negotiations With Senate And Governor

Day of Actions Include Public Hearing on Bill, Evening Event in Nearby Latham, and Powerful New Video About Patients, Doctors and the Compassionate Care Act

NEW YORK:  Today, the State Assembly is introducing and passing their one-house budget proposal, which, for the first time ever, includes the New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana proposal – the Compassionate Care Act (A.6357-A -Gottfried) / S.4406-A -Savino). As the Assembly gathers to pass the measure, dozens of patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers are descending Read the full article…

NY Hospitals Begin Showing Interest In Cuomo’s Medical Marijuana Plan

The intent is for each region of the state to have at least one hospital dispensing medical marijuana. The state Department of Health still is deciding which conditions will be eligible for marijuana to alleviate pain and suffering.

NEW YORK:  A growing number of hospitals in New York state are taking interest in Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s plan to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. Cuomo says  he will issue an executive order allowing up to 20 hospitals around the state to give medical marijuana to cancer patients and those suffering from other serious diseases. The intent is Read the full article…

New York Poll: Legalize Marijuana

Applicants had to pay a refundable registration fee of $200,000 along with a non-refundable $10,000 fee. For a comparison, in Oregon, the application fee is $4,000 and in Massachusetts, there is a Stage One application fee of $1,500 and a Stage Two application fee of $30,000.

NEW YORK:  Voters in New York state support the legalization of marijuana for both medical and personal use, according to a new poll released Monday. The Quinnipiac University poll shows that 88 percent of voters in the Empire State back the legalization of medical marijuana, compared to 9 percent who oppose it. A majority of voters in Read the full article…

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's Medical Marijuana Plan In State of State Speech Falls Short

The Governor’s policy briefing book, published during his speech, outlines what amounts to a medical marijuana research program, not the comprehensive system that patients need.

NEW YORK:  After making national headlines for his support of medical marijuana, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State only briefly mentioned his medical marijuana plan.  Cuomo administration officials said that the program would involve distributing medical marijuana through 20 hospitals statewide, and the Department of Health would be charged with promulgating regulations. Cuomo Read the full article…

How A Small-Time Marijuana Arrest Has Devastated A Great Teacher’s Life

“They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.” — Alberto Willmore

NEW YORK:  Think that pot is heading toward legalization? Not in New York City, where police are cracking down on marijuana possession. These arrests are devastating lives. This is the story of what happened to one beloved public school teacher. “They took my life. They took what I love to do the most.” — Alberto Read the full article…

The Road To Legalizing Medical Marijuana In New York

The Denver Department of Environmental Health found the business was using a corroded and moldy clothes washing machine to process marijuana.

NEW YORK: On April 25 I took part in a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall, hosted by New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and State Sen. Diane Savino, the sponsors of the medical marijuana bill.

New York legislation will never be progressive

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK: Earlier this year, New York looked poised to become the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. The state Assembly passed a bill by a 99-41 margin June 3. A Quinnipiac poll taken that week indicated that 70 percent of New Yorkers supported the idea. And in the state Senate, the Republicans who had Read the full article…

New York legislation will never be progressive

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK: Earlier this year, New York looked poised to become the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. The state Assembly passed a bill by a 99-41 margin June 3. A Quinnipiac poll taken that week indicated that 70 percent of New Yorkers supported the idea. And in the state Senate, the Republicans who had Read the full article…