Friday, June 20th, 2014. New York City – New York is now officially the 23rd medical marijuana state! BUT you are not allow to smoke it?
According to the Drug Policy Alliance, “While less comprehensive than many patients fought for, the bill will allow many patients with serious illnesses or debilitating conditions legal access to medical marijuana for the first time. Patients with the following conditions will qualify for the program: cancer, HIV, ALS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, certain spinal cord injuries, irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, neuropathy, and Huntington’s disease. The bill allows the Governor’s administration the ability to add conditions, and the bill also includes a deadline of 18 months for the Governor to determine whether or not to add Alzheimer’s, PTSD, muscular dystrophy and dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis.”
“A major sticking point in the negotiations had been the issue that some patients may need to smoke medical marijuana to find immediate relief, and many prefer to use the whole, natural plant to treat their conditions. The bill passed today does not allow access to the raw materials; allows vaporization, but not smoking of medical marijuana; gives the Governor’s administration the authority to restrict the forms of medical marijuana,” the Drug Policy Alliance says.