Gov. Cuomo Wants Big Changes To Medical Marijuana Bill

NEW YORK:  Gov. Cuomo has outlined a series of concerns to lawmakers that must be addressed before he’ll even consider signing the bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in New York, the Daily News has learned.

Cuomo and legislative leaders began negotiations on a potential bill last week in hopes of reaching a deal before the legislative session concludes on Thursday. But administration officials Sunday said there are a host of conditions Cuomo told legislative leaders and the bill sponsors that he wants met, some of which others say could torpedo a possible deal.

Aides said Cuomo wants to bar the smoking and sharing of medical pot. Senate bill sponsor Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) amended her bill to prohibit the smoking of medical marijuana by anyone under 21. But a Cuomo official said allowing people to smoke the drug while there are other options like vaporization, pills and food form would send the wrong message after the state has spent big money on anti-smoking measures over the years.

Effort to Defelonize Drug Possession Launches in Washington

WASHINGTON: The nonprofit organization Sensible Washington announced today that they will be moving forward with new legislation designed to defelonize drug possession in the State of Washington. The group plans to have the proposal filed in the upcoming legislative session. [Read more…]