In July of 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York Legislature enacted the Compassionate Care Act, which gave New Yorkers with qualifying medical conditions and a doctor’s prescription limited access to marijuana products. We go into detail about the Medical Marijuana laws in New York and show you if and how to qualify for medical marijuana in New York.
When it comes to permitting recreational cannabis use, reaction from the medical marijuana community ranges from enthusiastic advocacy to passionate opposition — with many left somewhere in the middle, confused and torn.
The rising cost of prescription drugs is a bitter pill to swallow for many Americans (and their insurers — Medicare included). So this comes as a bit of good news: In states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, spending on prescription drugs has declined.
Marijuana legalization continues to grow as a front-burner issue, and legalization for medical purposes is among the few stances that the two major presidential candidates share. Presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump believe that using marijuana to combat the symptoms of a range of ailments should be legal.
Within less than a year, as many as 50,000 marijuana growers in California could be required to obtain state permits for the irrigation water they consume. It is an unprecedented step aimed at preventing harm to the environment and other water users resulting from the rapid growth of marijuana cultivation in the state.
The end of the federal government’s War on Weed is approaching fast. No matter how the details work out, that much seems pretty clear at this point. The only remaining questions are how the mechanics of the war’s end will work out, and how fast it’ll happen. But whether it ends with a bang or a whimper, that end is definitely now in sight.
This is going to be a transformative year for the United States. Not only are we set to vote in a new president for the first time in eight years this November, but we could also see the most rapid expansion of marijuana ever, with eight states now set to vote on recreational or medical cannabis initiatives or amendments this fall.
The Democratic Party officially cast its vote for a "reasoned pathway" for future marijuana legalization, July 9th, in their platform committee meeting, when an 81-80 vote added to the party's platform an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act that would downgrade marijuana from being classified alongside heroin as a Schedule 1 drug, "providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization."
The recent killing of a marijuana store security guard in Colorado and the wounding of another guard in San Bernardino are the latest examples of the crime lure posed by cash-only pot dispensaries, industry observers say.
While the expanding legal marijuana market is a novice of modern economy, cannabis is no new commodity. According to recently published archaeological literature, the herb entered historical records 11,500 to 10,200 years ago—long before the English language originated or the Great Pyramids were built.