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NY Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

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The New York Senate Codes Committee voted 11-5 to move forward with (SB 4041-A) . Similar legislation passed twice before in the Assembly, but this is the first time something like this has passed in the Senate. The success was due in large part to the fueled speculation that medical marijuana revenue can help fill in budget gaps. “I think there is a very real chance that sometime in the next days or few weeks, that medical marijuana could actually be enacted in New York,” said New York Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried.

One provision of the bill might still be a sticking point; patients would not be allowed to grow for themselves. This didn’t seem to be an issue in today’s vote, but I predict it will be once it goes forward for more debate. The only way Republicans will vote for this bill, is if it includes the possibility of generating enormous tax revenues. The only way that is possible is if everyone buys their medicine from state controlled dispensaries, where the state can monitor and tax the sales. This is an implementation factor that just about every state doesn’t consider when they think medical marijuana is some budget shortfall savior. I would like to remind the State of New York what this is all about. What is the purpose of passing medical marijuana in New York; to help patients who are in desperate need of medicine, or to try to institutionalize medical marijuana for the benefit of politicians??

A state operated dispensary system might be fine for some patients, but certainly not all patients. In Oregon, I can grow my own medicine, which is EXTREMELY important to me. I don’t want to be held hostage by a caretaker, grower, dispensary owner, or the state. I want to produce it myself, so I know exactly what I am ingesting. Plus it saves a ton of money, and what I produce is much better than what most dispensaries have. I think New Yorkers should have the right to grow just like I can in Oregon. But I can almost guarantee they won’t be able to, because the way I produce and consume my own medicine doesn’t generate much tax revenue; the only tax revenue I generate is the fee that I pay to the State of Oregon for my medical card. Without the ability to grow medicine for themselves, patients are getting the shaft in New York. But if a provision was added to the bill that allowed patients to grow it themselves, the bill would not get enough votes. That’s a brutal catch-22 if you ask me.

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4 Comments

  1. i think that marijuana in new york is a good idea. We alsways have problems with our money and the people who are suffering are the kid and there education. the govenor is about to due tax cuts in the schools here well just a idea if marijuana was legal and there was a tax on in witch i might add i have no iswsue paging if it mean for my child to get the right education then so be it. We need to wake up. Its a plant for crying out loud. unlike these drugs witch are chemicals miked together.

  2. more reefer madness

    NY is better off keeping it illegal. by the time politicians get done taxing it will be far too expensive for the average joe

    funny what whores these politicos are with the same double standards as the FEDS
    untill they think they can fill the deficits they have created.

    the bill wont allow a patient to grow their own. just like NJ they will have distribution centers
    remember those blocks of gubment cheese?
    cant wait to see what kind of krap they will give the sheeples

  3. Unfortunately today I looked at the amended New York Senate bill that just came out of Codes Committee and was sent to Finance, and they have added a new section (I am not sure when they amended it or who actually authored the amendment). This section, to my understanding, subjects the parts of the bill that allow for the commercial growth and distribution of medicinal marijuana to approval by “Federal Authority.” The following is the aforementioned section.

    “S 3367. FEDERAL AUTHORITY; REGISTERED ORGANIZATION IMPLEMENTATION AND EFFECT. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL APPLY TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR PERMISSION TO IMPLEMENT SECTIONS THIRTY-THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR, THIRTY-THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE AND THIRTY-THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-SIX OF THIS TITLE [these sections are the ones that cover registering organizations for the purpose of growing and distributing medicinal marijuana]. 2. SECTIONS THIRTY-THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR, THIRTY-THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE AND THIRTY-THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-SIX OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED ONLY UPON (I) RECEIPT OF SUCH PERMISSION FROM AN APPROPRIATE AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ADVISING THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH SECTIONS SHALL BE LAWFUL UNDER FEDERAL LAW, OR (II) A CHANGE IN FEDERAL LAW THAT PERMITS SUCH SECTIONS TO BE IMPLEMENTED WITHOUT ANY VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW. WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER SUCH PERMISSION IS RECEIVED OR SUCH CHANGE IN FEDERAL LAW IS ENACTED AND TAKES EFFECT, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT SUCH SECTIONS. IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH SECTIONS SHALL COMMENCE ON A DATE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER, WITH NOT LESS THAN TWO MONTHS PUBLIC NOTICE. ”

    To my mind they are effectively doing the same thing they did back in the 80’s when New York was going to allow medicinal marijuana. Back then they required a panel of doctor’s to be convened to authorize patients to use medicinal marijuana and just never created the panel. Now they are passing the buck to the federal government, knowing that they, or at least the current administration, will never approve anyone growing and selling medicinal marijuana.

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