Drug Law

Bill to Regulate Medical Marijuana Reintroduced in New York

| by NORML
By Paul Armentano

Legislation has been reintroduced into the New York Senate and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health.Senate Bill 2774 would allow state-qualified patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana for therapeutic purposes, if the cannabis is obtained from a not-for-profit facilty that is authorized by the state to manufacture and distribute marijuana to qualified patients.

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While NORML believes that several provisions in these proposals are unduly restrictive (e.g., no home cultivation and/or limiting qualifying patients solely to those with a “life-threatening condition”), we also recognize that passage of this legislation will help to ensure that many medical marijuana patients in New York will no longer have to fear arrest or prosecution from state law enforcement. It is our hope that these provisions may be expanded or amended during the legislative process so that many other deserving patients may also benefit from this proposed legislation.