NY Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Bill; Cuomo to Sign

NEW YORK: New York will become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana after the Senate on Friday passed a bill allowing the drug in non-smokeable form.

After a lengthy, emotional debate, the Senate voted 49-10 to approve the bill, which would authorize marijuana for therapeutic purposes for patients with serious diseases or conditions like cancer, AIDS and epilepsy. The Assembly approved the bill around 2:45 a.m. Friday, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already pledged his support. [Read more…]

New York Leaders Have Tentative Deal on Medical Marijuana

NEW YORK — Legislative leaders said on Thursday that they had a tentative agreement on a pilot program to provide access to medical marijuana to sick New Yorkers, making the state one of the largest to embrace the drug as medicine.

The announcement came after days of intense negotiations between the Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, who had proffered a more restrictive system earlier this year that was roundly criticized as unworkable for the needs of thousands of potential patients. [Read more…]

Medical Marijuana To Be Approved In NY Assembly Today

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, where its fate is uncertain but where a version of which passed the Senate Health Committee last week.

It’ll also be interesting to see how many Republicans back the measure in the Assembly. Last year, marijuana supporter Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, spoke in favor of the measure after he was ticketed for marijuana possession and then changed his vote.