Critics Assail Governor Cuomo’s ‘Expensive’ Medical Marijuana Plan As Unfair To The Poor

Medical marijuana patients say they're concerned about a byzantine maze of proposed regulations that will make it difficult for poor people to get their hands on the legal pot.

NEW YORK:  Wanda Hernandez Parks smokes weed every day. But she’s far from a recreational user. The 52-year-old says marijuana helps keep up her appetite, and numbs the nerve pain that she experiences daily. Hernandez Parks has HIV. “[Smoking marijuana] helps me cope,” she says. “It pretty much allows me to get out of bed Read the full article…

Marijuana Ad In The NYTs: All The News That’s Fit To Smoke

Sunday New York Times runs a paid marijuana ad.

NEW YORK:  Readers of the Sunday New York Times will have an added distraction to the crossword puzzle:  a paid advertisement for marijuana.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be. On July 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law New York’s Compassionate Care Act, making the use of medicinal marijuana legal.  Conditions qualifying for legal purchase and use of Read the full article…

Negotiations Underway Over Medical Marijuana In New York

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NEW YORK:  The lead sponsor of a bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York said Thursday negotiations are underway between the governor’s office, Senate and Assembly and her goal is an agreement within days. “We have been hoping that the governor’s office would engage because we would really like to have a three-way agreement Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana To Be Approved In NY Assembly Today

If approved, the bill would head to the state Senate, where its fate is uncertain but where a version of which passed the Senate Health Committee last week.

NEW YORK: The state Assembly today is set to approve the Compassionate Care Act — the measure that would legalize medical marijuana in New York. There’s little suspense: the Democratic-led Assembly has been approving various pieces of legislation to legalize medical marijuana for several years. If approved, the bill would head to the state Senate, Read the full article…

NY State Assembly Includes Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill in House Budget Bill, Jumpstarting Negotiations With Senate And Governor

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:  Today, the State Assembly is introducing and passing their one-house budget proposal, which, for the first time ever, includes the New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana proposal – the Compassionate Care Act (A.6357-A -Gottfried) / S.4406-A -Savino). As the Assembly gathers to pass the measure, dozens of patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers are descending Read the full article…

Marin County CA To Seek Way To Provide Medical Marijuana

"Given the federal law and recent enforcement actions, we are not taking action to change our land use and zoning codes for the permitting of marijuana dispensaries," the board agreed.

CALIFORNIA:  Marin County officials are coming to the rescue of those who need medical marijuana. The Board of Supervisors is working on a program it hopes will provide the sick with a marijuana outlet while protecting the county from legal liability — and without raising the ire of federal regulators. The move comes as the 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…