NY medical marijuana bill hits a snag with Gov. Cuomo

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ALBANY, N.Y. (PIX11) — Governor Cuomo has made it clear he doesn’t want the bill to legalize medical marijauana in the state to go up in smoke, he just wants to make certain it isn’t administered in any smokable form.

That’s one of the stumbling blocks holding up passage of the controversial measure. The state senate worked late into the night Tuesday as leaders conferred with the Governor to reach some compromise.

The Assembly has previously approved it, and it was expected to breeze through the Senate until the Governor said he feared the measure in its current form would wreak havoc unless major changes were made.

Among other things, he doesn’t want it administered through smoking the weed. It could be given orally.

Sponsors of the measure say smoking is necessary because it delivered quick pain relief to people,particularly those suffering terminal cancer. “Medical marijuana, if we do it right, can help. If it doesn’t work, it could become a public safety debacle,” the Governor declared. He added, “We want to make sure we don’t make a mistake. Once you let the Genie out of the bottle, you can’t get it back in.”

According to my sources in Albany, some progress has been made in working a compromise with the Governor, but still no deal. The debate could keep the legislature into a late night session Thursday before wrapping things up.

I’ll be in Albany and you can follow my updates on Twitter @PixScott and on our web,PIX11.com. I’ll have reports on the PIX 11 News at 5 and 10.

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2 comments

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    ENLIGHTENMENT…i was an evil brainwashed, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old…i hated gays, immigrants, women’s rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh’s #1 fan….until i smoked marijuana….changed the world

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country(now the majority), from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

  • Luis

    This is just a ruse n $ making plan between cuomo n big pharms…
    Now we will c how fast pharmas will run the pill so they n cuomo can cash in on this “new” deal
    KICK CUOMO FROM OFFICE N PUT A 21ST CENTURY PERSON W A BRAIN IN OFFICE…. OR A MONKEY… WHICHEVER IS CHEAPER!

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