Rejoice smokers, you might be one step closer.
After much speculation and deliberation, New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed into legislation on Monday legalizing the use of marijuana for specific medicinal purposes. Administrations sources confirmed that Cuomo approved the bill in a quaint ceremony at the New York Academy of Medicine before the midnight deadline on Saturday.
The bill was presented to Gov. Cuomo on June 24 and needed to be either vetoed or signed by Saturday night. The passing of the bill makes New York the 23rd state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. It will be at least another 18 months before medical pot becomes available in New York, as the state Health Department must now compose detailed regulations to govern both the manufacturing and distribution of the drug. The bill also prohibits patients from smoking the drug.
Well, it’s not much, but it is something and will benefit over 10,000 New Yorkers who are suffering from a variety of terminal illnesses. We’re interested to see how far New York takes this new piece of legislation, however we garner that it’ll be at least a few year before they see the freedom that Colorado has.
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