New York took a step toward becoming the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana today when the State Senate Health Committee passed the Senate’s medical cannabis bill (S. 4041-B). The State Assembly’s version, A. 9016, passed the Health Committee in January.
It should be noted, however, that the Senate Health Committee passed the bill in 2009 as well but it never reached the Senate. Additionally, the Assembly has passed medical pot bills in 2007 and 2008.
Still, advocates are optimistic. “Let’s hope New York legislators will follow the lead of New Jersey, the state next door, which is about to become the 14th state to implement an effective medical marijuana law,” said MPP’s Noah Mamber
By Mike Hughes