A proposal to legalize medical cannabis in the State of New York has advanced out of the Senate Finance Committee, moving it to the Senate Rules Committee (the last step before a full Senate vote). The measure – known as the Compassionate Care Act – has already passed the state’s House of Representatives, and has well more than enough votes to pass the full Senate according to Senator Diane Savino, one of the bill’s sponsors. If approved by the Senate, it will go to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration; Cuomo recently stated that he was open to signing the bill.
If the Compassionate Care Act becomes law, the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis will be legalized for those with a qualifying condition (such as cancer and multiple sclerosis) who receive a recommendation from a physician. State-licensed distribution centers (dispensaries) will be also be authorized as a means of providing safe access to the medicine.
According to recent polling, 83% of New York voters support the legalization of medical cannabis.