NY Assembly Budget Includes Legalization of Medical Marijuana

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/13 2014 12:40PM

Updated 03/13 2014 12:42PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Assembly's budget includes a provision that would legalize medical marijuana. 

A press release says the proposal would authorize the use of marijuana for individuals suffering from specified debilitating illnesses determined by a healthcare practitioner. 

“It is clear that there are patients in New York who can benefit from the effects of medical marijuana,” said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. “We have carefully considered this initiative. We have heard from patients, caregivers, providers and advocates. This is a well-thought out plan that, once implemented, will provide access to medicine that can alleviate pain and suffering from serious illness.”

Patients would receive a medical marijuana registry card. Individuals would be allowed possession of up to 2.5 ounces. Designated caregivers would be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces per patient for up to five patients. 

A press release says the proposal would allow medical practitioners to prescribe medical marijuana for those suffering from a serious medical condition. Those conditions include, cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV or AIDS, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with  indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, neuropathy, arthritis, lupus and diabetes. 

The proposal would authorize organizations to sell, deliver, or distribute medical marijuana to certified patients or caregivers. There would also be a 10% excise tax on the retail price of medical marijuana dispensed. 

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