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New Push in NY for Medical Marijuana

On the heels of marijuana victories in Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington, lobbyists are taking aim at New York next.

Big Marijuana has tapped some heavy-hitting Abany lobbyists to leagalize pot in New York for medicinal purposes, according to the New York Post.

At the helm is lobbyist Patricia Lynch, who runs a firm that represents a Colorado-based marijuana manufacturer. She is a former top aide to State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and one of her managing partners, Patrick McCarthy, is former executive director of the state Republican Party and an aide to former Gov. George Pataki.

“We’re going to negotiate this bill with the wind at our backs. There’s tremendous support to legalize medical marijuana in New York,” state Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat, told the Post.

The new push for legalized medicinal pot comes a week after voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana and recreational marijuana became legalized in Colorado and Washington.

According to the paper, a Siena College poll in June showed 61 percent of New York voters backed medical marijuana to help relieve pain and suffering.

And it’s not just those with medical ailments that would benefit from marijuana, said Savino, who predicts that with licensing and taxing of marijuana growers, dispensaries and sales could generate upwards of $1 billion for New York.

Prescription marijuana is backed by the New York State Medical Society as well.

But New York law enforcement argues that medical marijuana can be a gateway drug.

“We are now coping with the epidemic of prescription-pill addiction and cannot afford another disaster caused by the highly abused ‘remedy’ pushed by Big Marijuana,” New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan told the Post.

Ruth Tarlow November 13, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Hmm, nobody is bold enough to comment on this? It is about time our country stops the prohibition of marijuana. It is a safer "drug" than alcohol. It is certainly safer to use than tobacco! To quote the article above: "And it’s not just those with medical ailments that would benefit from marijuana, said Savino, who predicts that with licensing and taxing of marijuana growers, dispensaries and sales could generate upwards of $1 billion for New York. " The country can desperately use the tax boon that legalizing marijuana would bring. Let's all step into the 21st century and end this once and for all!
Chris November 13, 2012 at 07:14 PM
What a great idea. Instead of having drunk driving deaths, we could add all the pots heads to our roads. This would cause even more mayhem!
Jill Ayerbach November 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Ruth are you advocating it for medicinal purposes or because it's getting harder for you to get it? tsk tsk....
Steve rob January 04, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Only a serious pot head needs dispensaries ,the rest of us straight people don't need pot heads driving on the roads when there half blind anyway .Raise the price of cigarettes drug dealers don't need to get any richer pot heads equals burn outs

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