NEW YORK: The New York medical marijuana law is far more restrictive than the laws in Colorado and many other states, and one that doesn’t go far enough for advocates and patients.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a onetime opponent, reversed his position in January when he announced a plan to allow 20 hospitals across the state – including Roswell Park Cancer Institute – to serve as dispensaries for medical marijuana.
The State Legislature passed its own, more-expansive version, and reached a deal with the governor in June following intense negotiations.
Roswell Park will not have a formal role under the law, with Dr. Donald L. Trump, the president and CEO, calling that a lost opportunity for cancer center scientists to take part in needed studies of medical marijuana.