Medical Marijuana: New York Governor Proposes Pilot Program

The announcement in his state-of-the-state speech represents a shift for Cuomo, who had opposed legalizing the drug for any use. But most New Yorkers want their state to follow the lead of others that have relaxed marijuana laws, according to several polls — and Cuomo is up for reelection in November.

NEW YORK:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the first step Wednesday toward making New York the 21st state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, announcing plans to let some hospitals distribute the drug to patients with “serious illnesses.” The announcement in his state-of-the-state speech represents a shift for Cuomo, who had opposed legalizing the drug for any use. Read the full article…

Cuomo Says He's 'Comfortable' With Medical Marijuana Plan

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: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he’s changed his stance on medical marijuana in part because the state will have control over how the program is administered. Cuomo plans in his State of the State address on Wednesday to announce the legalization of medical marijuana at 20 hospitals in New York and for limited diseases, Read the full article…

New York State Is Set to Loosen Marijuana Laws

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK: Joining a growing group of states that have loosened restrictions on marijuana, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York plans this week to announce an executive action that would allow limited use of the drug by those with serious illnesses, state officials say. The shift by Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who had long resisted Read the full article…

NY Medical Marijuana Debate Heats Up

“New York won’t allow us to try a medication that is working for many other people,” Carly said. “Please give us the opportunity to try this drug in the comfort of our own state, in our own home, with our families.”

NEW YORK:  Standing patiently in the chamber of the Nassau County Legislature, Jeff Decker had his hands full as his 7-month-old daughter Mabel squirmed in his arms. His wife Carly Tangney Decker and his mother-in-law Cindy Tangney were testifying at a public hearing held a week before Christmas on a bill to authorize the medical Read the full article…

Why New York Is Considering Legalizing Marijuana

NYers Just Say Now

NEW YORK: Back in 1998, 14-year-old Alfredo Carrasquillo and his friends were heading to a Bronx apartment where they planned to smoke pot and listen to some Tupac when a cop car pulled up on the curb “as if it was a movie or something.” The cops ordered Carrasquillo and his friends to stand against a Read the full article…

Why New York Is Considering Legalizing Marijuana

NYers Just Say Now

NEW YORK: Back in 1998, 14-year-old Alfredo Carrasquillo and his friends were heading to a Bronx apartment where they planned to smoke pot and listen to some Tupac when a cop car pulled up on the curb “as if it was a movie or something.” The cops ordered Carrasquillo and his friends to stand against a Read the full article…

Bill Would Make Marijuana Legal In New York

Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, said the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act would treat marijuana similar to alcohol—it would taxed and regulated.

NEW YORK:  Marijuana in New York would be legalized under legislation submitted Wednesday by a state senator. Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, said the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act would treat marijuana similar to alcohol—it would taxed and regulated. “Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, Read the full article…

Bill Would Make Marijuana Legal In New York

Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, said the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act would treat marijuana similar to alcohol—it would taxed and regulated.

NEW YORK:  Marijuana in New York would be legalized under legislation submitted Wednesday by a state senator. Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, said the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act would treat marijuana similar to alcohol—it would taxed and regulated. “Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, Read the full article…

Cattaraugus County NY Board Of Health Not High On Medicinal Marijuana

The state's medical marijuana regulations, passed in 2010, expire this year if legislators don't renew them.

NEW YORK: Members of the Cattaraugus County Board of Health made known their disapproval of an Assembly bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana at their Dec. 10 meeting. “We reject this bill,” County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin Watkins said, acknowledging pros and cons of the proposed law. “The use of medical marijuana Read the full article…

In NY Sponsors Plan Hearings On Medical Marijuana Bill

Left, Senate sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act Diane Savino, and Assembly sponsor Richard Gottfried, center, surrounded by supporters of the legislation to legalize medical marijuana.

NEW YORK: The debate over the legalization of medical marijuana in New York will be reopened in the upcoming session, and the Assembly is getting a head start. This month, the Assembly Committee on Health will hold two hearings to discuss the Compassionate Care Act, which would allow those licensed to prescribe controlled substances to prescribe Read the full article…