Medical marijuana bill passed in Assembly
June 12, 2007
The bill allows caregivers and seriously ill patients with diseases like cancer or aids to register with the state to purchase up to two and half ounces of marijuana and grow up to a dozen plants.
“I think it's important, among them now it's up to the Republican state Senate to take on the controversial issue. The idea got a warm reception from Senate majority leader Joe Bruno, but he says that the assembly bill needs tighter controls,” said Sheldon Silver.
Now it's up to the Republican State Senate to take on the controversial issue. The idea got a warm reception from Senate majority leader Joe Bruno, but he said that the Assembly bill needs tighter controls.
“The Assembly bill doesn't work but our bill will control how it gets out,” said Bruno.
Sponsors of the Senate bill said it could be introduced as early as Thursday and could explore the option of having the state's health department grow and distribute the marijuana. But that would require federal approval, a big leap and a possible court battle. The Assembly bill allows patients to get the drug through dealers, although selling it would still be illegal.
Critics said patients already have access to legal drugs to combat pain and nausea. And the bill faces critics in the Senate, who said lawmakers should be addressing more pressing issues.
“It's inappropriately, last thing we need to do. If both houses can agree on a compromise bill, Governor Spitzer, a former critic, now says he's open to signing it into law,” Martin Golden said.