Fast-Track Medical Marijuana Bill Heads To Cuomo’s Desk

State lawmakers late Monday passed a bill to fast-track New York's medical marijuana program

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, Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana In NY Remains Out Of Reach

Ill patients are increasingly frustrated that, nearly a year later, they still can't access medical marijuana in New York.

NEW YORK:  The 10-year-old girl stood smiling at the governor’s side as he signed a medical marijuana bill into law last July. Amanda Houser was so excited for the event, her mother said, her health problems — a rare form of epilepsy — were nearly forgotten for the day. And the photo from the New Read the full article…

New Medical Marijuana Law Inches Along In New York State

A Jacksonville law firm is trying to convince sheriffs that Florida law has for decades allowed severely ill patients who meet certain criteria to cultivate and smoke their own pot.

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 Read the full article…

Whoopi: With N.Y. Embracing Medical Pot, Let’s Consider Expanding Its Uses

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK:  We did this, New York. With the recent passing of medical marijuana legislation in my home state, the empire state of mind will soon be more elevated and compassionate than ever before — with legal medical cannabis in Manhattan, Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca. While I’m thrilled for my fellow New Yorkers who will be 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…

Cuomo Wants Health Department To Speed Up Medical Marijuana Availability For Children With Epilepsy

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK:  Gov. Cuomo wants to make medical marijuana available soon to children with epilepsy — but he’s not acting quickly enough for the anguished mom of a 9-year-old girl who died this month. Cuomo, in a letter Wednesday, asked the state Health Department to study making the drug available to epileptic children sooner than Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana’s Big Break: “I Don’t Think He Ever Wanted To Touch This Issue”

A Missouri woman believes her constitutional right to farm shields her against being prosecuted for allegedly growing a small crop of marijuana in her basement.

NEW YORK:  A little more than a week ago — and to a degree of fanfare that would’ve been unimaginably piddling if it were as little as five years ago — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law making limited forms of medicinal marijuana legal in the Empire State. And yet while such a Read the full article…

Cuomo signs New York’s medical marijuana bill

cumono

ALBANY, N.Y. – As Gov. Andrew Cuomo sat down to ceremonially sign New York’s medical-marijuana bill into law, a 10-year-old girl stood by his side. Amanda Houser, of Suffern, New York, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that begins in infancy and causes her to experience multiple seizures a day and adhere Read the full article…

New York Becomes 23rd State To Allow Medical Marijuana

A local senator is sponsoring legislation that would allow medical marijuana patients legal access to their prescriptions in a hospital.

NEW YORK:  New York has become the 23rd state in the U.S. to authorize medical marijuana – though the state’s program is one of the nation’s most restrictive. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Saturday and held a formal signing ceremony in New York City on Monday to highlight the new law. When the program gets up Read the full article…

On Medical Marijuana, Focus Turns To Implementation

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK:  With Gov. Andrew Cuomo set to sign a medical-marijuana bill into law this week, supporters and medical providers are turning their attention to the state’s efforts to implement the program and whether any additional diseases will become eligible for treatment. Cuomo has until July 5 to sign the marijuana bill, which he helped Read the full article…