New York’s full Assembly has passed the Compassionate Care Act, a measure to legalize the medical use and distribution of cannabis. A companion bill passed the Senate Health Committee last week, and has enough votes to pass the full Senate according to Senator Diane Savino, the bill’s primary sponsor. If it does pass the Senate, the proposal will head to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration.
Under the proposed law, the possession (up to 2.5 ounces) and use of medical cannabis will be entirely legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Dispensaries will be also be legalized, giving patients safe access to their medicine.
According to polling released last week, 83% of New York voters support the legalization of medical cannabis.