New York’s Medical Marijuana Bill Appears Likely to be Approved by Senate

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New York’s Medical Marijuana Bill Appears Likely to be Approved by SenateMedical marijuana law appears set to successfully sail through New York legislature as Governor Cuomo appears to subtly support it while most of the public back it. The bill, which is likely to be enacted in Albany in the spring, will make New York the 22nd U.S. state to decriminalize medical marijuana.

“We’re closer to this than we have ever been before,” Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance, told New York Daily News.

In order to remove any further hurdles to its approval in the Senate, the bill’s sponsors have drafted tougher proposal meant to regulate the use of the drug. The newly-revised bill that was introduced on Friday limits the use of medical marijuana to certain conditions such as AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The bill also blocked those aged not more than 21 years from smoking medical marijuana, though they are allowed to use other forms of marijuana, and bars anyone with previous history of narcotic-related offences from obtaining employment in a medical marijuana facility.

The sponsor of the bill Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) revealed that the alterations to the original version were prompted by lawmakers who were afraid of widespread misuse of the drug if it is legalized. However, Savino argues the changes will result in tightly-controlled medical marijuana program that relies on “seed to sale” approach that resembles Colorado’s program.

A recent survey by Siena College that was released on Tuesday showed that 51 percent of the voters were in favor of widespread decriminalization of medical marijuana while 26 percent backed Cuomo’s restrictive plan. Only 21 percent of the voters were against the legalization of the drug. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com