NEW YORK: State lawmakers late Monday passed a bill to fast-track New York’s medical marijuana program, a relief to some patients that could be short-lived.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, passed the New York State Senate 50-12. It means to get marijuana to patients with “progressive and degenerative” conditions faster than January, when the state’s medical marijuana program is supposed to begin.
Ironically, one of the main sponsors of the original medical marijuana law opposed Griffo’s fast-track version. Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, argued Monday night to stick to the original legislation that requires laying out regulations and vetting candidates to grow and distribute the drug.