New York State, where you can marry whomever you want, buy liquor seven days a week, and pick up a turkey sandwich or PCP at any hour of the day or night, is poised to pass a medical marijuana law that does not involve the actual marijuana, because our governor doesn't want to "wreak havoc" with a plant that grows freely in Union Square.
That's right: Governor Cuomo forced lawmakers from both parties to water down the language of the medical marijuana bill so that it "doesn't allow for the plant, a smokeable form of marijuana," only THC oils and extracts that can be vaporized or eaten, State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said at a press conference.
The difference is that many patients prefer to have their illnesses treated through smoking the plant, and the vast majority of the medical marijuana studies have been conducted using the tried and true method.
Not only is New York's proposed medical marijuana law weaker than New Jersey's and Connecticut's, but the bill puts the patients benefitting from it subject to the Governor's whim.
"If there are unintended consequences then we can suspend the program. I have the total authority to do it, on the recommendations of those who know best," Governor Cuomo said. "It would be turned off, you pull the plug out of the wall, the whole machine shuts down."
Possessing medical marijuana oils without a doctor-issued prescription would be a Class E felony, yet possessing actual marijuana out of public view is only a violation, not even a misdemeanor, as it has been since the late 1970s.
Capital has more of the details on the legislation.