Governor Cuomo to sign New York state medical marijuana bill into law

Program would tightly control the use and distribution of the drug

At 1 PM on July 7, New York becomes the 23rd state to legalize medicinal marijuana, with Governor Andrew Cuomo signing a bill into law that will allow patients to use the drug to help with a variety of ailments. The bill, which passed in June, is narrower in scope than other similar arrangements that have passed throughout the United States. It aims to provide options for patients with real need for therapy while maintaining tight protocols for the sale and use of the drug.

"This legislation strikes the right balance," Governor Cuomo said. "Medical marijuana has the capacity to do a lot of good for a lot of people who are in pain and suffering, and are in desperate need of a treatment that will provide some relief. At the same time, medical marijuana is a difficult issue because there are risks to public health and safety that have to be averted. I believe this bill is the right balance, and I commend the members of the Legislature who worked so hard on this measure."

Marijuana has been proven effective in the positive treatment of many of the diseases named in the New York bill, and while the science supports its use as a therapeutic option, legal challenges remain for states seeking to lighten its prohibition. Chief among those challenges is the fact that the plant remains banned at a federal level, meaning that at any time government officials could theoretically bust patients and distributers.

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