Marijuana by those with serious illnesses, state officials say.
Cuomo, a Democrat who had long resisted legalizing medical marijuana, comes as other states are taking increasingly liberal positions on it — most notably Colorado, where thousands have flocked to buy the drug for recreational use since it became legal on Jan. 1.Why would Como who as fought against any move to legalize pot suddenly change his mind? Perhaps it was the election of Bill de Blasio as Mayor of NYC. When one looks at the divisiveness peddled at his recent inauguration, and his promises of higher taxes, Cuomo may realize that under the latest NYC Mayor, people will have to be stoned not to move out.
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. 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.
Still, Mr. Cuomo’s plan is sure to turn heads in Albany, the state’s capital. Medical marijuana bills have passed the State Assembly four times — most recently in 2013 — only to stall in the Senate, where a group of breakaway Democrats shares leadership with Republicans, who have traditionally been lukewarm on the issue.Perhaps he rushed it through to slow down the rush out of the city.
Mr. Cuomo has decided to bypass the Legislature altogether.
(written only half tongue in cheek).