New York To Allow Limited Use Of Medical Marijuana

By: Lindsay McCane - January 6, 2014

New York may soon be joining a group of states, most recently Colorado, that have loosened their laws regarding the use of medical and recreational marijuana.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York plans to announce, this week, an executive action that would allow approximately twenty hospitals, across the state, to prescribe medical marijuana for those people who are extremely ill.

The New York Times first reported the story, and said that the new laws will be far more strict than those in Colorado and other states. “Mr. Cuomo’s plan will be far more restrictive than the laws in Colorado or California, where medical marijuana is available to people with conditions as mild as backaches,” the Times wrote. “It will allow just 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe marijuana to patients with cancer, glaucoma or other diseases that meet standards to be set by the New York State Department of Health.”

Cuomo has long been against the legalization of marijuana, however he has reconsidered his stance after other states have started legalization, and the pressure he has received from liberal groups. Cuomo will announce the executive order on Wednesday during his annual State of the State address.

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  • About Time

    It is about time. America locks up too many people for nonsense.

    There is a man right now in Utah serving 55 years in prison for selling $350 worth of pot. There is another man serving a life sentence for stealing a pair of tube socks.

    If you can get past the nightly news, where they only show the worst crime cases, you will realize that too many people are in prison are serving time for nonsense and there are many innocent people in prison.

    Hell just use your common sense. Is a person’s life worth the same as a pair of tube socks? 350 worth of pot? You want to save lives? Get the people out of prison that don’t need to be there.

    This is a good start.

    • trubolt

      agreed, should’ve been done yrs ago.

      however … only in a liberal world would you legalize weed yet prevent people from protecting themselves by increasing gun control.