New York has been trying to get a medical marijuana bill passed for some time but the bills have failed to get Senate support.
But a new bill, called the Compassionate Care Act, introduced to the Senate by Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island has a much better chance of garnering the support to pass. The bill addresses some of the shortcomings of previous bills and is being called a “seed to sale”bill, offering tight security and regulation of the drug.
The Democratic-led Assembly has repeatedly passed the legalization of medical marijuana, but it hasn’t received enough support in the Senate. Cuomo has also expressed concern about the measure, but said in July 2011 that he was studying the issue.A bill introduced this week proposes tougher oversight of medical marijuana sales in New York than had been previously sought. New York would join 18 states that have legalized medical marijuana.http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130327/NEWS01/303270040/medical
It seems unusual that NY, which is generally regarded as a fairly liberal state, has lagged behind in medical marijuana reform legislation but perhaps this new tighter bill can overcome many past objections, so seriously ill cancer and aids patients can get the medicine they need.
Here’s todays top marijuana news from around the web
“Elmira , N.Y. – New York could be the next state to legalize marijuana use. Tuesday State Senator Diane Savino introduced a bill in the senate that would legalize medical marijuana for patients with serious medical conditions like cancer or aids. It’s …”
“Named after Colorado’s Amendment 64, which permits the personal use of marijuana for adults over 21, Club 64 operates as a membership-only group that provides a venue for members to smoke together in social settings. “There are alcohol bars where you …ABC News”
“AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana and regulate it like alcohol in Maine has garnered 35 co-sponsors and now heads to a legislative committee hearing. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, would make …”
“Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, a Missouri-based marijuana legalization advocacy group, released a poll this week that showed half of Missourians support legalization of marijuana. A year ago, The Pitch wrote about Show-Me Cannabis Regulation’s attempt …Pitch Weekly”