New York’s Medical Marijuana Bill Draws Heavily from Colorado’s Law


New York’s Medical Marijuana Bill Draws Heavily from Colorado’s LawNew York medical marijuana bill relied heavily on the Colorado’s model, though it is much more restricted than in Colorado where recreational marijuana smoking is allowed.

However, New York’s bill is modelled on Colorado’s seed to sale model, which involves the same business growing and processing the marijuana and running the dispensaries. Those who back this model argue that it lowers the probability of illegal dealers gaining access to the drug, reported New York Daily News.

Moreover, while Colorado has over 500 pot dispensaries, New York intends to register five companies to cultivate, process and sell the drug in secure indoor premises such as greenhouses. Each company will be allowed to open a maximum of four dispensaries.

New York also prohibits smoking the drug, a similar provision also enshrined in Minnesota’s pot law. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) said that Colorado-based Gaia Plant Based medicine, heavily contributed to drafting the law. The company forked out $100,000 last year to lobby lawmakers to approve the bill.


Savino, who insisted that it wasn’t lobbying that did the trick but the emotional appeal from potential patients, said that Gaia provided the much-needed expertise that ensures that New York has a bill that prevents marijuana from being abused by teens like it happened in California when pot became legal in 1996.

“They’ve been pretty good because you need somebody to educate you because we don’t have any frame of reference in New York — how do you run medical marijuana program, what would one look like. That is the role of a lobbyist.”

Most critics approved some provisions of the bill, such as the one that allows Gov. Andrew Cuomo to cancel the program on the recommendation of the Department of Health or Public Safety. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit

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