Marijuana Legalization Isn’t Dead Yet in New York

Lawmakers in New York are mounting a renewed and frantic push to legalize marijuana before the legislative session ends on Wednesday, even as debates about revenue and political blowback that doomed an earlier attempt have threatened to derail the effort again.

Staff members from the State Senate, Assembly and governor’s office met throughout the weekend, the first time they had engaged in three-way negotiations since the previous push fell short. Continue reading “Marijuana Legalization Isn’t Dead Yet in New York”

Cuomo Cites Marijuana Legalization as a Top Priority

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo began lowering expectations on Tuesday for what state lawmakers may accomplish before leaving Albany on June 19.

The governor outlined an aggressive to-do list for the final four weeks of the legislative session, including legalization of marijuana and allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. Cuomo also cast doubt on whether the state Senate shares his commitment. Continue reading “Cuomo Cites Marijuana Legalization as a Top Priority”

New York Reveals List of Doctors Allowed to Prescribe Medical Marijuana

New York has published a partial list of doctors and other providers registered to prescribe medical marijuana, information the state had been keeping under wraps.

The list includes 22 Central New York providers — doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, most of them in Onondaga County. Continue reading “New York Reveals List of Doctors Allowed to Prescribe Medical Marijuana”

New York Medical Marijuana Program Having Problems With Repeat Customers

More than three-quarters of the state’s 13,000 or so medical marijuana-eligible patients have purchased the drug, but only half of the 13,000 are repeat buyers under the tightly regulated state program, according to Department of Health data provided to the Times Union.

Through late January, 12,933 patients had been certified by their doctors to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program and 10,250 patients had been dispensed a medical marijuana product. Continue reading “New York Medical Marijuana Program Having Problems With Repeat Customers”

New York Makes Productive Changes to Medical Marijuana Program

State officials on Thursday announced a series of additional changes to New York’s medical marijuana program designed to expand products for patients, ease production and distribution for manufacturers of the drug and expand where and by whom it can be administered. Continue reading “New York Makes Productive Changes to Medical Marijuana Program”