New York Lawmakers Include Medical Cannabis Legalization in Budget Bill

New York’s Assembly has introduced a one-house budget bill which includes the Compassionate Care Actnewyorkcanna (Assembly Bill 6357 and Senate Bill 4406) as a provision.

“By including the comprehensive medical marijuana bill, known as the Compassionate Care Act, in their state budget proposal, the Assembly has jumpstarted negotiations with the Senate and Governor, as the measure will now be part of state budget negotiations”, said the Drug Policy Alliance in a Wednesday press release.

If the budget bill is approved with the Compassionate Care Act (which passed the Assembly in June, but has since stalled in the Senate) included, the possession of cannabis will be legalized for qualified patients, as will dispensaries to distribute the medicine.

“In the first few months, the state would be writing regulations and then accepting applications from organizations [to dispense medical cannabis]” says Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the Compassionate Care Act’s primary sponsor in the Assembly. Once the program is up and running, he expects it to bring in $200 million in annual tax revenue.

According to polling released last month, 88% of those in New York favor the legalization of medical cannabis.


2 thoughts on “New York Lawmakers Include Medical Cannabis Legalization in Budget Bill”

  1. This could be the worst thing NY could hope for !
    Can Individuals Grow Their Own Medicine ?
    This is very important when you start to Price what State Pot will Cost !!!!!!!!!! Are you ready to be a Slave to Pot-For-Profit-Tax ? Would you like or need to grow your own Medicine for Pennies, instead of being ripped-off by The State ???????


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