New York Assembly Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

New York’s full Assembly has passed the Compassionate Care Act, a measure to legalize the medical use and distribution of cannabispurplebud. 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.

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New York Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

New York’s Senate Health Committee has given approval to the Compassionate Care Act, a measure to legalize medical cannabis. The measure nowLos Angeles City Council Votes To Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries heads to the Senate Finance Committee, where its passage will send it to the full Senate. According to Senator Diane Savino, the bill’s primary sponsor, the measure has well more than the votes needed to pass the full Senate.

If approved into law, the measure will legalize the possession and use of medical cannabis for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. State-licensed dispensaries will be authorized to provide safe access to the medicine for patients.

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New York Senate Committee to Vote Tuesday on Medical Cannabis Legalization Legislation

New York’s Senate Health Committee will vote Tuesday on a proposal to legalize medical cannabis. According to Senator Diane Savino, the bill’s primary sponsoryork, it has at least 39 supporters in the Senate, well more than the 32 needed to pass it and send it to the House.

If the Senate Health Committee approves the proposal on Tuesday, as is expected, it will go to the Senate Finance Committee before being up for a full Senate vote. In June, 2013, the state’s Assembly approved legislation legalizing medical cannabis. The Senate version is slightly different, meaning the Assembly will need to sign off on the Senate’s bill before it would head to Governor Cuomo for consideration.

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