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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14596648924/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo: speed up medical pot for kids with epilepsy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's governor wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more quickly.

Right now it's expected to take 18 months for the state to get the medical marijuana program up and running. Many parents of children with epilepsy had said that is too long to wait.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14596648924/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York

New York is now the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.

New York will now permit patients with diseases like cancer and AIDS to have access to some forms of medical marijuana. Governor Cuomo, who in the past opposed the idea, came around after several new regulations and restriction guarantees were written into the legislation.  Go to full article
Senate medical marijuana sponsor Diane Savino discusses successful vote  in the Senate. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate medical marijuana sponsor Diane Savino discusses successful vote in the Senate. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Medical marijuana passes NYS senate 49-10

The sponsor of the successful medical marijuana measure in the Senate, Sen. Diane Savino, says she's "gratified" by the larger-than-expected number of yes votes, and hopes the new law ha wider repercussions.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin, medical marijuana, Common core dealt with, but other items tabled at end of NYS legislative session

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on three major items at the close of the legislative session. But they also left a lot of unfinished business behind.  Go to full article
Legally-grown marijuana in Colorado, which has legalized marijuana for both medicinal and recreational uses, with some restrictions. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/scubabrett22/12160800144/in/photolist-jwBhd1-eEry1-dox2X-8gsYdj-51koiE-ceGZCm-jwCr7d-5XFE1D-fxptM4-8pQ4Er-eivcad-ayWTRu-jLumTV-6ViR7N-edyDrn-6ViTMf-4fmvfG-jwCoCA-8BgAwK-77R7k9-abPwwS-bAeUVU-bP9xoe-bAeTKq-bP9xkt-bP9xdk-bP9ytR-bP9ytg-bP9xpK-bAeTMo-bP9xcM-5Z5jud-8Pud4h-fxDMBy-fy9FN-ehh9LL-ndThVi-7CcjxG-nTJH8Z-2bF3M-a36wSo-msKYYx-2Mhic8-ndTJbw-ndTwLq-ntkswf-nw4mt7-7GF9Le-ndTwGZ-bUoG4b">Brett Levin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Legally-grown marijuana in Colorado, which has legalized marijuana for both medicinal and recreational uses, with some restrictions. Photo: Brett Levin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York will allow limited medical marijuana under agreement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature have agreed to a limited medical marijuana program for patients with cancer, AIDS, and childhood seizure disorders. It will not allow the drug to be smoked.

Cuomo, who had expressed reservations about allowing medical marijuana, says the bill will grant sick people access to the drug, while imposing limits that will prevent abuse of marijuana.  Go to full article
Medical marijuana advocates demonstrating in hallway outside Gov. Cuomo's offices. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Medical marijuana advocates demonstrating in hallway outside Gov. Cuomo's offices. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo, legislative leaders agree on anti heroin bills, still discussing medical marijuana

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to a package of bills to combat heroin addiction, and say they are still discussing other issues, including medical marijuana, as the legislative session draws to a close.

Governor Cuomo calls the measures to curb the heroin abuse epidemic his "top priority" for the end of the 2014 session. He says the legislation will require that health insurance companies pay for more treatments.  Go to full article
Sen, Co-Leader Jeff Klein talking with reporters after a closed meeting with medical marijuana bill sponsors. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Sen, Co-Leader Jeff Klein talking with reporters after a closed meeting with medical marijuana bill sponsors. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Sponsors of medical marijuana bill hold private meeting with Governor Cuomo

Sponsors of a medical marijuana bill continued to negotiate with Governor Cuomo over the Governor's objections to many of the measure's provisions, but say they are hopeful that a deal can be reached in the next couple of days.

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein is optimistic about the chances for a medical marijuana law in New York .  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Legislature's last week: min. wage, medical pot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The fate of medical marijuana, a higher minimum wage and efforts to combat heroin addiction are set to be decided as New York lawmakers enter their final week of work during this year's regular session.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Medical marijuana's fate still unclear in NYS legislature

The fate of a medical marijuana bill remains up in the air in New York State. The State Assembly has approved a version that would allow patients to obtain the drug for medical treatment, while a similar measure remains hung up in the State Senate.  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Unfinished business for the NY legislature

There's around two months left in the legislative session, and a number of issues left on the agenda. But it's uncertain how many of them will actually become law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who's failed to achieve a number of progressive items over the last two years, including public campaign finance reform and a Women's Equality Act, told the Democratic Rural Conference that he'll try to get them passed in the state legislature in the next eight weeks, before the session ends in June.  Go to full article

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