A proposal that seeks to decriminalize medical marijuana in New York passed through what is widely viewed as its final hurdle on Thursday.
The Compassionate Care Act, which seeks to have medical marijuana legalized in the state, was approved by the Senate Finance Committee and passed on to the Rules Committee, said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn). The chairman of the Finance Committee, Sen. John De Francisco (R-Syracuse) had earlier this week suggested that he would block the bill from going to the voting floor, reported Huffington Post.
The proposal has already been approved by the New York State Assembly. Proponents of the bill say that they have more than enough number of “yes” votes required to approve the bill in the Senate floor. Should the Senate approve the bill, this will make New York State the 23rd one in the United States to allow the use of medical marijuana to manage various ailments.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently said that he will sign the bill into the law if it makes sense, in what is the first time he has issued a solid statement on the matter. Savino said that, along with Assemblyman Richard Gottfried-who sponsored the bill at the State Assembly, she is currently negotiating with Cuomo’s office over the medical marijuana bill.
“It’s in three-way negotiations with the governor’s office, and we will have a final product in time for the end of this legislative session,” Savino told a press conference.
The negotiations touch on smaller details such as the language that seeks to train physicians on medical marijuana and policies to ensure medical marijuana doesn’t make its way into the black market. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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