Medical Marijuana Bill Considered in Albany

Sweet! Here it is 4.20, and PolitickerNY reports movement on a medical marijjuana bill for the state. The current bill would allow "certified patients" who, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, "are likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the primary or adjunctive treatment with medical use of marihuana for [a] serious condition" to get weed. There are some rules: they must make sure that "the marihuana that may be possessed by a certified patient and such certified patient's designated caregiver does not, in total, exceed twelve plants and a total aggregate weight of two and one-half ounces of usable marihuana," and it must be kept in a "closet, room, greenhouse or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by the certified patient or designated caregiver," etc. It's a hassle patients suffering from chemo nausea, chronic pain, etc will gladly undergo for relief.

The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Dick Gottfried and State Senator Tom Duane and has been referred to the health committee. Here's NORML's state-by-state breakdown of medical marijuana laws in the U.S. Photo (cc) warrantedarrest.

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