NEW YORK: The debate over legalizing medicinal marijuana on Monday turned to a new issue as opponents and advocates argued over whether patients should be allowed to smoke the drug when it is prescribed.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, after days of expressing veiled concerns about full-scale legalization of medical pot, was more explicit on Monday about his issues with a bill working its way toward a vote in the Senate. Central among them: prescribing marijuana in smokable form.
“There are concerns, and if we can address the concerns, then there will be a bill. But I’m not going to be part of a system that is just going to wreak havoc,” Mr. Cuomo said on the radio program “Capitol Pressroom.”
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Diane Savino, appeared on the same show Monday, saying eliminating smokable marijuana was a “non-starter.” She said: “We’ve done everything possible to mitigate the issue of smoking but health-care professionals who prescribe medical marijuana and patient advocates will be the first to tell you that smoking marijuana is the only way that will provide the relief that they need. It is easier to manage the dosage.”