Medical Marijuana Bill Headed For Another Assembly Vote (Calm Down, Stoners -- You're Not Getting Prescription Pot)

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A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in New York has cleared the Health Committee and is headed to the Codes Committee where it will likely be approved and sent to the full Assembly for a vote.

Don't get too excited, though, stoners -- even if the bill does pass in the Assembly (which it likely will, as it already has twice in the past), you're probably not going to get your hands on medical weed (unless you really, really (really) need it).

Weed advocates say New York is not about to make the same mistakes that were made with medical marijuana in California -- the go-to state when discussing bad medical marijuana policies -- where it seems that anyone who's ever had a headache qualifies for a medical marijuana card. According to weed fans, the bill would "give New York one of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the country while ensuring patient access to medical marijuana when appropriate." It's only "appropriate" for people with "serious, debilitating or life-threatening" ailments.

"Serious" and "debilitating" are somewhat vague, so there is some hope you can scam a doctor into writing you a prescription for weed, but it's probably not likely.

Additionally, Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he's "studying" the pros and cons of medical marijuana, but that there isn't enough time this year for the Legislature to fine-tune the bill into something he'd consider signing (we suspect Cuomo's stance on medical weed has something to do with his presidential ambitions. More on that here).

"There are tremendous risks," the governor told reporters in April. "I think the risks outweigh the benefits at this point."

We asked the governor's office what "risks" he was referring to, however, we were given no answer. More on that here.

In any event, the bill is now heading for a vote in the Assembly. Again, though, even if it passes, don't expect the legalization of medicinal marijuana in Cuomo's "progressive" New York.


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Westhurleyemt@yahoo.
Westhurleyemt@yahoo.

EverybOdy want's the tax money but they are scared to be the ONE who ends Prohibition. God forbid marijuana would lead to jobs plumbers, rental property, electricians, god forbid we put hundreds of thousands of dollars back into our local economy. But ur right we need to worry more about Cuomo's dream of running for president than the sick & in pain. Just remember who had new yorkers back when it time to vote cuz at this time your only showing your out for YOU

Westhurleyemt@yahoo.
Westhurleyemt@yahoo.

Yep gotta worry about him self just to have a CHANCE at running forpresident more so than the new yorkers in pain and suffering. Not getting my vote in 4 years unless you do the right thing in your own back yard!!!!

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

If you're a bottom-dwelling, scum-sucking, prohibitionist parasite who's career has entailed subjecting the rest of us to off-the-scale corruption and lawlessness, then maybe you should consider moving to somewhere that won't extradite you to a future national or international drug-war tribunal for your crimes against humanity.  

Prohibition has evolved local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helping them control vast swaths of territory while gifting them with significant social and military resources. 

Those responsible for the shameful policy of prohibition shall not go unpunished! 

“Suppose you are a corrupt, scum-sucking, prohibitionist parasite. And suppose you are a member of Congress. But I repeat myself….”

– What Mark Twain would have said.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Prohibition has finally run its course; our prisons are full, our economy is in ruins, the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans have been destroyed or severely disrupted, and what was once a shining beacon of liberty and prosperity has become a toxic, repressive, smoldering heap of hypocrisy and a gross affront to fundamental human decency. 

Accordingly, it is now the duty of every last one of us to insure that the people who are responsible for this shameful situation are not simply left in peace to enjoy the wealth and status that their despicable actions have, until now, afforded them. Former and present Prohibitionists must not be allowed to remain untainted and untouched from the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow citizens. - They have provided us with neither safe communities nor safe streets; we will provide them with neither a safe haven to enjoy their ill-gotten gains nor the liberty to repeat such a similar atrocity! 

If you're a bottom-dwelling, scum-sucking, prohibitionist parasite who's career has entailed subjecting the rest of us to off-the-scale corruption and lawlessness, then maybe you should consider moving to somewhere that won't extradite you to a future national or international drug-war tribunal for your crimes against humanity.  

Prohibition has evolved local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helping them control vast swaths of territory while gifting them with significant social and military resources. 

Those responsible for the shameful policy of prohibition shall not go unpunished! 

“Suppose you are a corrupt, scum-sucking, prohibitionist parasite. And suppose you are a member of Congress. But I repeat myself….”

– What Mark Twain would have said.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Legal marijuana is not a "scam".  Prohibition is a scam because 75 years and trillions of dollars has not achieved the stated goals of reducing use and availability.  Anyone that tells you that the "lock 'em up" strategy is working doesn't understand the lessons learned from alcohol prohibition.  New York stopped enforcing is prohibition law (Mullen-Gage) in 1923, 10 years before the repeal of the 18th amendment.  Why is New York so far behind the curve in 2012?

Mort
Mort

Give me a break the stuff is harmless and has so many benefits.....Beer has none  but its ok ??? 

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

We need to just legalize the plant and get on with it. Governor Cuomo would rather get revenue for the state by cutting important programs for Children with Special needs when taxes on Marijuana can easily make up the difference.

MikeParent
MikeParent

Which risks are those, Governor?  It's not as though marijuana isn't readily available, now. Governor, please read this; http://ms.about.com/b/2012/05/...  You're not being duped.  The benefits far outweigh any negative, if any.

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