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New York Governor Says Medical Marijuana Bill in State Unlikely This Year


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said this week that it is unlikely the state legislature will take up the issue of medical marijuana this year. He added the risks of legalizing marijuana for pain relief require more study.

Legislators in the state House and Senate are drafting a medical marijuana bill, in an effort to get New York to join 16 other states that have passed laws allowing people with serious illnesses to buy and possess small amounts of the drug, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Governor Cuomo said that while he understands the benefits of medical marijuana, he thinks the risks outweigh them at this point. He noted he did not think there would be time for a medical marijuana bill to make it onto the agenda this year, before the legislative session ends in late June.

Some lawmakers disagreed. “We’ve done much more complicated legislation in much less time,” said Richard Gottfried, Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, who is expected to introduce a new bill in coming weeks. “I think he would find that it’s something we could easily get done this year.”

5 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Nature
    Nature / December 30, 2012 at 6:49 am

    At this point, with all the research, two states with recreational laws passed, thousands of patients singing its praise, and evidence of legalization helping economies thrive, this should no longer be a debate but rather common sense! Marijuana, be it medicinal or otherwise has far more benefits than disadvantages. The risks the governor talks of are all reflective to the prohibition of the plant. Eventually in America, marijuana will be just as readily available as beer. We will all look back at this nonsensical prohibition as we recall the prohibition on alcohol. No prohibition has ever worked. We must continue to promote the asset to or nations well being that marijuana will provide!

  2. Avatar of medical man
    medical man / December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    hey atleast its way better to give cancer patients and others that suffer from an illness medical cannabis because why watch people kill themselfs getting drips of morphine or oxycottin till they can keep there eyes open no more. most people also overdose from all those narcotics and what does marijuanna do make you eat and sleep i think thats way better than having people odeeing and selling dope

  3. cannabis dispensary / July 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Public servants should always be concerned of the welfare of the citizens,moreover they should know that there are people relying on it as an alternative medicine.

  4. medical marijuana use / July 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    The reason why medical cannabis cannot be eradicated in the list of alternative healing is because a lot of patients are testifying that it does work and that it has improved their lives in so many ways.I think politicians should be open minded enough about legalizing marijuana.

  5. Avatar of local medical marijuana dispensaries
    local medical marijuana dispensaries / June 14, 2012 at 3:41 am

    There should be a law supporting Medicinal Cannabis patients and protecting them from violating the law. Through this Local Medical Marijuana Dispensaries can be freely accessed by them.

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