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New York Medical Marijuana Bill in Jeopardy

Posted on June 26, 2014 by News Admin

Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in New York via the legislature could be dead in the water.

A key lawmaker in the Senate said on Monday that he doesn’t intend to move an MMJ bill out of his committee – a necessary step for the measure to advance this session.

John DeFrancisco, chairman of the Senate’s finance committee, said there’s a lack of research on cannabis and suggested that the governor’s plan to start an extremely limited research-focused program is the ideal way to approach the issue. His comments come even though he recently said he would allow a vote on the bill if the Senate leadership allows it.

The development could represent a major blow to the MMJ movement in New York, as the chances of passage now appear slimmer.

After several failed attempts to legalize medical cannabis in the past – none of which made it to a vote in the Senate – it seemed this could finally be the year that the legislature pushed through a bill.

The New York State Assembly passed a measure last month, and a similar bill cleared the Republican-led Senate health committee. Earlier Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said he would sign a medical marijuana bill “that makes sense” and includes strong regulations.

The Senate measure, however, needs to pass through the finance committee before receiving a full vote, which now appears doubtful.

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