New York Will Be The 22nd State To Legalize Medical Marijuana

NEW YORK:  Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to make New York the 22nd state to legalize the use of cannabis for qualified patients.  The Gov. is expected to use his State of the State address on Wednesday as a platform to announce the legalization of medical marijuana at 20 hospitals in New York and for limited diseases, such as cancer and glaucoma.

Some news agencies are reporting that New York makes 20, others insist that the real number is 21.  MJNN decided to go to the authority, NORML, to double check the tally. According to NORML, New York will indeed be the 22nd state with medical marijuana legislation. Add the District of Columbia, and the count jumps to 23. [Read more…]

In NY Sponsors Plan Hearings On Medical Marijuana Bill

NEW YORK: The debate over the legalization of medical marijuana in New York will be reopened in the upcoming session, and the Assembly is getting a head start.

This month, the Assembly Committee on Health will hold two hearings to discuss the Compassionate Care Act, which would allow those licensed to prescribe controlled substances to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use. The legislation (A.6357/S.4406) passed in the Assembly last session, but was never put up for vote in the Senate.

Public hearings will take place at the Buffalo City Hall in Buffalo on Dec. 5 and the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola on Dec. 18.

Assembly sponsor Richard Gottfried, chair of the Health Committee, said the hearings will hopefully alert more New Yorkers to the uses of medical marijuana and the breadth of support for its legalization. According to a poll by the Siena College Research Institute conducted in May of 2013, 82 percent of New Yorkers said they would support legalizing the use of medical marijuana. [Read more…]

In NY Sponsors Plan Hearings On Medical Marijuana Bill

NEW YORK: The debate over the legalization of medical marijuana in New York will be reopened in the upcoming session, and the Assembly is getting a head start.

This month, the Assembly Committee on Health will hold two hearings to discuss the Compassionate Care Act, which would allow those licensed to prescribe controlled substances to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use. The legislation (A.6357/S.4406) passed in the Assembly last session, but was never put up for vote in the Senate.

Public hearings will take place at the Buffalo City Hall in Buffalo on Dec. 5 and the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola on Dec. 18.

Assembly sponsor Richard Gottfried, chair of the Health Committee, said the hearings will hopefully alert more New Yorkers to the uses of medical marijuana and the breadth of support for its legalization. According to a poll by the Siena College Research Institute conducted in May of 2013, 82 percent of New Yorkers said they would support legalizing the use of medical marijuana. [Read more…]

FLA Governor Candidate Nan Rich Supports Medical Marijuana Question

FLORIDA: Nan Rich of Weston, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said Friday she supports a proposed ballot initiative that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Florida.

“I’ve seen the research, I’ve studied the issue, and I’ve met with patients who clearly benefit and desperately need medically prescribed cannabis,” Rich said in a statement. [Read more…]

FLA Governor Candidate Nan Rich Supports Medical Marijuana Question

FLORIDA: Nan Rich of Weston, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said Friday she supports a proposed ballot initiative that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Florida.

“I’ve seen the research, I’ve studied the issue, and I’ve met with patients who clearly benefit and desperately need medically prescribed cannabis,” Rich said in a statement. [Read more…]

Stopping Medical Marijuana Won’t Make Chris Christie President

NEW JERSEY: Since then-governor John Corzine signed it into law in January 2010, New Jersey’s medical marijuana program has been a thorn in Chris Christie’s side. It’s been ignored, railed against, tacitly allowed, barely instituted and red-taped to death, all within the span of Christie’s term in office, and all by the man himself. Christie’s reluctance was reiterated again this week, with the governor — presidential hopes for 2016 clearly in mind — saying again that he won’t have Jersey end up like Colorado or California. At this point, though, the comparison would be a compliment.

“I am not going to turn this into a place where people fly into Newark airport, drive someplace, claim to have a migraine from a quack doctor and get high. That’s not happening in our state. That’s happening, by the way, every day in Colorado and California, and I’m not going to permit it in this state, not as a former federal prosecutor,” he said at an unrelated Seaside event on Tuesday. [Read more…]