New York opens its first medical marijuana dispensary today. That is some pretty awesome news for patients that have been sorely missing compassion in a state that is often in the news for marijuana and generally notorious for drug crime. Though, when you hear "medical marijuana," please do not confuse it for the kind of access that is associated with, say, California's long-standing legislation.
Some New York lawmakers will again take a stab at potential cannabis legalization in The Empire State, reports state.
New York state Sen. Liz Krueger proposed taxing and regulating marijuana at a Wednesday press conference at City Hall in downtown Manhattan. The bill faces very long odds in the statehouse, watchers say.
In 2011, Alberto Willmore was a teacher at the Ella Baker public school in New York City. Alberto was admired by his students and colleagues alike. While smoking a cigarette off of school property, Alberto - who is African-American - was approached by a NYPD officer and accused of smoking marijuana.
When California's landmark medical marijuana law - Proposition 215 - was passed in 1996, a state from the northeast had already had a limited medical marijuana law on the books for 16 years. In 1980, the New York state legislature had approved a law that allowed hospitals to utilize marijuana for patients with cancer and glaucoma. Then-Governor Hugh Carey even signed the law, but it was never implemented and has languished ever since.