Medical Cannabis Legalization Approved by New York Committee

Yesterday New York State’s Assembly Codes Committee, by a vote of 16 to 6, approved Assembly Bill 6357 which would legalize the use, possession and purchase of medical cannabis by qualified patients. The measure pamaryland-marijuanassed its initial committee, the Assembly Health Committee, by a 21-4 vote last month.

The legislation, which has an impressive list of over 60 cosponsors, now moves to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, where its passage would put it up for consideration by the full Assembly. If it passes, which it’s expected to do, it’ll go to the Senate – according to the bill’s sponsor, there’s enough support in the Senate to get it passed. The governor isn’t in support, but has an “open mind“.

Under the proposal, patients and their caregivers would be legally authorized, if they get an authorization from a physician, to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis. Patients would obtain their medicine through state-licensed dispensaries.

This legislation would make New York the 20th state to legalize some form of medical marijuana.


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  1. Ralph Nader

    Legalize Nature!!!!!!!

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