New York remains one of the last states in the North Eastern area of the United States to have a medical marijuana program in place.
Let's take a quick look at NYC marijuana laws.
Attempts to create a favorable marijuana law have been unable to get through the New York state Senate for many years now.
Recently Governor Cuomo has decided to try to run a program for research only that would abide by Federal Law and really, not help anyone in any way.
“We'll establish a program allowing up to 20 hospitals to prescribe medical marijuana,” he said in his State of the State speech last week. “We will monitor the program to evaluate the effectiveness and the feasibility of a medical marijuana system.”
Polls in New York show more than 80 percent of New York residents support medical marijuana and this is clearly a move to try to gain political support, rather than actually help anyone with any medical need for marijuana.
Gabriel Sayegh, New York director of the Drug Policy Alliance, says those sources won't be sufficient to test a variety of strains of the plant to treat a variety of conditions.
In Colorado and Maine, “they're growing over 100 different strains of marijuana for patients so they can find the right kind of medicine for their needs,” Sayegh says. “There is a big question here: Where is the marijuana going to come from? What will the protocols be?”
One of the real problems is the for some ridiculous reason the US Government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 narcotic, which is the same category as heroin.
“It is an absolute shame that our government can’t get their act together and reclassify marijuana to a lesser category said Hugh Manors, a Manhattan resident who’s daughter is in need of marijuana for uncontrollable seizures she experiences daily.
At this point, patients in New York that are in need of marijuana as a medicine are forced to find the source through the black market, and this looks to remain the case for many years.
This proposed plan in New York will take too long to have a positive effect in the state, and patients will need to either go through illegal drug dealers, or relocate to a more understanding state.
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