Cannabis law reform appears as a subject of debate in a New York congressional race

This short article on a Congressional race in the far eastern end of Long Island focuses entirely on the candidates’ differing views on cannabis, indicating to me that this issue may become a subject of debate in the campaign. I assume that the story results from a conclusion by Lee Zeldin, the Republican challenger, that… Read More Cannabis law reform appears as a subject of debate in a New York congressional race

The medical bill: New Yorkers should fight against the amended Senate version – not retreat under fire from the Senate Republicans

As I have said before, I consider the medical use-only bill (the Gottried-Savino “Compassionate Care Act”) a waste of time since I don’t believe the Republicans will actually allow it to pass, because a series amendments made in each year it was introduced have made the bill unnecessarily restrictive (and likely laying a a flawed… Read More The medical bill: New Yorkers should fight against the amended Senate version – not retreat under fire from the Senate Republicans

Relatively new developments in New York and some comments

I didn’t notice until today that Crain’s New York Business is following the progress of the Compassionate Care Act, a/k/a the proposed New York “medical marijuana” law. For the first time ever the CCA is attached to the budget, meaning, it is said, that this year we can expect open debate in the full Senate. Four upstate… Read More Relatively new developments in New York and some comments

Test whether Cuomo is serious: when do we see the Executive Order?

The articles and comments I have seen concerning Governor Cuomo’s proposal to re-implement the old, defunct Oliveiri Statute by executive order have been uniformly skeptical of his plan. Some of them made the objection I did, which is that no hospital worried about losing federal funding is going to participate (although the article at the foregoing… Read More Test whether Cuomo is serious: when do we see the Executive Order?

The New York Times opposes the Cuomo proposal, calls on him to support the existing legislation

The New York Times today said that Governor Cuomo’s proposal to distribute cannabis through hospitals may be too restrictive and called on him to support the Gottfried/Savino bill. The Times put forth different reasons then I identified (that it’s fundamentally unworkable since it would jeopardize federal funding of any participating hospital): the editorial board said… Read More The New York Times opposes the Cuomo proposal, calls on him to support the existing legislation

New York already is a medical cannabis state: what does the Senate propose now?

Upon further reflection following my first post on the Cuomo announcement and triggered by an interchange with a friend, I had the following thought: Governor Cuomo’s stated intent to resurrect and give effect to the Oliveiri Statute is a direct challenge to the Senate opponents of the medical use of cannabis. New York already is… Read More New York already is a medical cannabis state: what does the Senate propose now?