As New York MedMJ Nears Thursday Deadline, Governor Demands “No Smoking!”
The opportunity to finally add New York to the list of 22 states with some form of medical marijuana program is rapidly coming to a close. This Thursday marks the end of the legislative session. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a longtime opponent of medical marijuana and friend of law enforcement, has waited until this week to announce his “serious problems” with the medical marijuana bill. Gov. Cuomo is demanding further cuts to a medical marijuana bill that is already too strict to be effective for the greatest number of patients, including:
It is clear that Gov. Cuomo just doesn’t want a workable medical marijuana program. Will advocates reject this extortion and let a Democratic governor explain how he killed medical marijuana to the 88% of Independents and 93% of Democrats who support medical marijuana in New York? Or will advocates cave to these obscene demands just to score another “win”, like in Minnesota, where the political heat from medical marijuana is off of Democratic governor Mark Dayton since his favored “no plant, no smoking” medical marijuana law was passed?
By Thursday, we’ll know.