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New York Governor To Legalize Medical Marijuana Through Executive Action

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new york governor andrew cuomo medical marijuanaNew York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has plans this week to announce an executive action that would legalize medical marijuana. Governor Cuomo’s plan is a strict one, but would be a step in the right direction. According to media reports out of New York the executive action would allow 20 hospitals across New York to prescribe marijuana to people with cancer, glaucoma and/or other conditions that meet standards to eventually be set by the New York State Department of Health.

No other state medical marijuana program was created by an executive action. The first ones were via the initiative process because politicians weren’t prepared to pass legislation to create medical marijuana programs. Then, slowly, state Legislatures created programs. This is definitely a welcomed third route for legalizing medical marijuana, and one that I hope other Governor’s will pursue.

According to the New York Times, “The governor’s action also comes as advocates for changing drug laws have stepped up criticism of New York City’s stringent enforcement of marijuana laws, which resulted in nearly 450,000 misdemeanor charges from 2002 to 2012, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates more liberal drug laws.”

Medical marijuana has had growing support in New York for quite awhile now. It’s a shame that it has taken this long for New York patients to finally get the legal protection they deserve. The fight is far from over. Just because the Governor issues an executive action doesn’t mean that there won’t be push back inside and outside of the state. And until every patient has safe access to safe medicine, activists in New York should remain as active as possible.

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  • Uncle Arthur

    Yes on all adult use. Medical and recreational. Cannabis prohibition is a crime against humanity.

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  • TOF

    Regardless if you are pro-legalization or not do you really think we need to be filling our jails (thereby paying for) with people who smoke, grow or sell pot???!!!??? Time to wake up to the game.. the rich own the companies that run the prisons, the rich are/own the politicians who put laws in place to put more and more NONVIOLENT people in THEIR prisons (mostly people of color) and we THE PEOPLE pay for this madness….

    THE BIGGEST DANGER OF USING MARIJUANA IS GETTING CAUGHT…..

  • scott

    Colorado is going to make at least $40,000,000 because its recreational. hmmm so let me think here for a sec,NY is being run into the ground because most mooches. im sorry i mean people on welfare spend a lot of there mooched money on weed. its $20 a gram for anything that isnt complete shit and doesnt even deserve to be called weed, if they sold recreational weed in NY there would be nothing but profit. but fuck NY im moving out of this shit hole as soon as possible were getting it the worst!

  • hopebme

    Speak for yourself.

  • hopebme

    Speak for yourself.

  • jammcooter

    Not getting my vote this time,

  • jammcooter

    Cuomo is playing politics with this, he’s not for medical cannabis at all.

  • jeannie

    I am confused. Please explain the difference between him using executive action and going through channels? I am happy that NY finally will have something in place… just not sure of the legal ramifications of exec action vs through house/senate…. thanks :)

  • jeff

    no on the recreational use it takes away andnegates any and all medicinal arguments decriminalize YES BUT WE DON’T NEED IT FOR RECREATIONAL USE

  • guest

    What I mean is: Maybe there is wiggle room in Cuomo’s executive action for a broader program because the NYS Dept of Health will determine the conditions on who can access it. (wishful thinking)

    I just find the idea that he will unilaterally grant us medical MJ through executive action incredibly arrogant and cynical. I’ll be happy to vote against him. I do admit this is better than nothing.

  • guest

    I am unclear what medical conditions will allow access to medical MJ in NY. Is that still to be determined?

  • Charles Waller
  • jammcooter

    If Andy wants my vote this time, recreational best be right along with medicinal and industrial! The next president candidate will win if he/she abolishes federal law prohibiting cannabis,

  • skoallio

    I hope this isnt like the medical marijuana law passed in Virginia in 1979. Where medical marijuana exists only on paper so not a single cancer patient, aids patient, or glaucoma patient gets it and not a single hospital or pharmacy carries it.

  • Tinnitus

    Talking about the oil that “heals the people that want it to heal them?”hahahaha. Or just rub a little BHO on it lol.

  • Abolish Holders OftheLight

    Will they give PATIENTS RICK SIMPSON OIL? (with HIGH CBD content) and actually CURE THEM? so we can finally start getting affordable CURES to people.

  • Susan

    If he wants my vote, he will have to legalize it for both medical AND recreational.

  • EdiblesOwl

    I couldn’t agree more (fellow NYer here). I have chronic pain caused by complications from surgical procedures and the only treatment is more surgery (which gives only temporary relief) or opiods that turn me into a zombie. In general I’m just walking around in considerable pain most of the time because both of those choices are unacceptable. It sounds like only hospitals will be prescribing mmj and only to those patients who are gravely ill, but its a start. Baby steps.

  • Tim Bambam

    As a New Yorkers I a very happy to see that New York is finall going to have medical mari juana. Thank You Governor Cuomo. I hope that it will go deep enough to help those that need it. I suffer from chronic pain which is treated with opiates and I am hoping that these new laws will include people like me. This is important because of how many people are getting hooked on prescription drugs and in most cases those drugs are opiates.

  • Jack

    Governments are usually willing to legalize “medical marijuana” when they implement a system so strict, almost no one qualifies, and almost all doctors are scared to prescribe it, and will only do so (maybe) when you’re on your death bed… they treat it stricter than prescriptions for morphine and dilaudid in New Jersey.

  • Bluechk

    Seems that you would be eligible for medical marijuana, finding a Dr. that will/can prescribe it for you would be my concern. :/

  • ITALIANSDOITBETTA

    I am a cancer patient/survivor of Squamous cell carcinoma in my mouth, and had to have a slice of my tongue cut out, is this something that I can get a medical card for ?? I am more into the growth potential, as I am a true believer in it’s medicinal qualities… it’s not the stoner crap that they had in the 70’s that just lays you out, and people need to recognize the differences. please any help with the medical requirements =)

  • needabuzz

    It’s all good. Look at the positive, and complement Cuomo for that.

  • Bill T

    Cuomo is trash. He would only be doing it for political gain… but whatever moves the ball forward is good.

  • guest

    Is he doing this for votes? I don’t think there can be any other reason. Too little, and much too late.

  • Kevin Jones

    We just need to get the commissioner to base his determinations on science and many more patients than Cuomo intends will be granted access. The law itself can be read here on the NY State website.
    http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/LAWSSEAF.cgi?QUERYTYPE=LAWS+&QUERYDATA=%40SLPBH0A33-A+&LIST=LAW+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=17350308+&TARGET=VIEW
    http://fb.com/NYPBH33a
    And everybody can support, track, and promote legalization here. http://fb.com/NYS6005

  • Don

    First i’ll believe it when it happens our Governor has lied about many issues here … . Second 20 hospitals what the hell is up with that that will not nearly be enough and I’ll bet most will be in the NY city area ..Why would our Doctors not be able to prescribe it from their office Sound a little off to me