New York Governor has thrown his weight behind a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state after years of sending confused signals over the bill. He said he will sign the bill once it is passed by the state Senate.
“If their piece of legislation, the legislation makes sense, then I would sign it because I support the overall effort,” The New York Daily News quoted Cuomo as saying on Monday. “If you don’t do it right and controls aren’t in place, it could be a problem. How you do it is everything in this case.”
This remarks came across as the clearest the governor has made concerning the Compassionate Care Act, which seeks to decriminalize medical marijuana in New York State. The comments are welcome news to proponents of the medical cannabis, who have been complaining over Cuomo’s dillydallying over the issue.
The CCA bill was approved by the NY Assembly in May and subsequently approved by the Senate’s Health Committee. The next step is for the Senate finance committee to pass it and the Senate’s Republicans to okay the proposal to head to the floor for voting.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), revealed that she had lobbied and won over 40 senators, including a few Republicans, who are expected to vote in favor of the bill. The votes are more than required for the bill to pass through the Senates.
Savino has been actively altering the bill over the past few months in order to convince the Senate’s Republicans to back it. Her latest changes involve limiting the number of medical conditions that can be managed using the drug; removing psoriasis out of the list that includes epilepsy, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and HIV.
Young persons under the age of 21 won’t be allowed to smoke the drug; rather they will use alternative methods such as oil-based forms. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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