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  1. ZenobiaSky
    New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana Friday afternoon after the state Senate passed the Compassionate Care Act, 49-10.

    But the legislation doesn't allow patients to smoke medical marijuana. They can ingest it, inhale it through vapors or access it through oils. It also won’t go into effect until at least the end of 2015.

    The bill was passed on the last day of New York’s legislative session. The state Assembly passed the legislation early Friday morning after a long debate that included emotional testimony about marijuana's therapeutic potential to help patients with cancer, AIDS, epilepsy and other serious diseases.

    "The fact of the matter for me remains this: People are suffering right now. That suffering can be alleviated as soon as we make this available to them," said Sen. Ted O'Brien, a Democrat from upstate Monroe County.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already pledged to sign the bill.

    By Howard Koplowitzitz
    On June 20 2014 2:48 PM

    The Newhawks Crew


  1. Alfa
    Good news! 23 states already and more to come.
  2. Alien Sex Fiend
    That's great! Maybe if they cut smoking out, Cannabis will be legalized everywhere!
  3. ZenobiaSky
    [IMGL=WHITE]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=39278&stc=1&d=1403622644[/IMGL] New York will likely become the 23rd state to enact a medical marijuana law after legislation passed the state legislature on Friday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he plans to sign it. The bill is a compromise measure that emerged after almost two decades of battling over medical marijuana in the state legislature. Several years in a row, measures passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly before dying in the Republican House.

    This year, lawmakers were able to make a deal after several Republican lawmakers shifted to support the bill. The law that passed, however, does not allow patients to smoke, or to access marijuana in raw plant form. Users can only purchase it in extracted forms such as through an edible, pill, or as an oil to be used with a vaporizer. New York’s compromise comes several weeks after Minnesota became the first state to pass a comprehensive medical bill bill that doesn’t allow smoking.

    In both states, advocates conceded to the compromise measure, but lamented that smoking “raw cannabis” is often the best means of delivery for treating medical conditions, and that vaporizing the marijuana oil will be much more expensive and leave out low-income patients. Advocates in Minnesota also worried that, by buying a manipulated form of the substance rather than being able to consume the plant, they would have very little control over dosing and thus experience unwanted effects.

    The bill also imposes significant limits on the conditions that can be treated by marijuana, and on the number of producers and suppliers. Eligible conditions include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, neuropathies, spinal cord injuries, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Other conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and arthritis, are not permitted, but may be added by the health commissioner later. And it makes it a felony for doctors to prescribe marijuana for conditions other than those designated in the law.

    One particularly interesting nuance of the law is that it also requires doctors who are making medical marijuana recommendations take a training course, a “requirement for which there is only one other precedent in all of U.S. medicine,” according to the Drug Policy Alliance.

    The bill advanced as medical marijuana has become an increasingly mainstream political issue. Support for medical marijuana was at 88 percent among New Yorkers, according to a February Quinnipiac poll. The stories of young children with severe epilepsy who have seen remarkable relief from a marijuana extract have had a particular effect in propelling stalled bills forward. But increasingly, some of these bills are narrow. While New York is now the second state to pass a medical bill that does not include smoking, Florida passed a significantly more limited bill that only allows a low-THC strain of marijuana aimed particularly at children with severe seizures. State voters will consider a much broader ballot initiative in November.

    Marijuana arrests, meanwhile, remain at the same high level in New York City, even after Mayor Bill DeBlasio took office, and even though marijuana possession is decriminalized in New York.

    JUNE 24, 2014 AT 9:00 AM
    Think Progress

    The Newhawks Crew
  4. JackARoe
    This is good news. It seemed for a while Andrew Cuomo wasn't going to go for this. He seemed adamantly against it. I have to wonder if it is the good of the people that changed his mind or some form of money incentive. Either way however it got through makes it a blessing.

    Now since it is available in New York I need to do some more research on how strict the guidlines are. It would be ideal if I could go to a doctor and say I use marijuana for sleep and get a prescription. But somehow something so logical, sensible and safe would not be accepted it seems. A doctor would recommend a strong sleeping pill. Something I would not take. But at least the ball is rolling and this is all forward progress.

    Yes, more and more states are going this way. And the fact that two states, Colorado and Washington have recreational marijuana really restores faith in human rights and freedom. I never thought I would see that in my life. Now the momentum will pick up and it will spread.
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