A companion bill, Senate Bill 4041-A, is before the Senate Committee on Health.
As introduced, these measures would allow state-qualified patients to possess (up to two and one-half ounces) and cultivate (up to 12 plants) cannabis for medicinal purposes. The measures also seek to license non-profit organizations to manufacture and distribute marijuana to authorized patients.
For the past two years in a row, the State Assembly has enacted versions of medical marijuana legislation. Yet Senate leadership failed to call these bills for a vote. This year, however, the bills’ sponsors are confident that they have the necessary votes to pass medical marijuana law reform in both chambers.
According to news reports, Gov. Patterson is also supportive of medical marijuana law reform.
In short, the future for legal medical marijuana in New York has never looked brighter.
That said, it is still vital that your state elected officials hear from you. Please take two minutes of your time to write your state assemblyman and senator and urge them to take action to protect medical marijuana patients in New York state. For your convenience, pre-written letters will be e-mailed to your elected officials when you visit here.
For additional information on this effort, please visit New York NORML.
Thank you for supporting marijuana law reform in New York.