New York lawmakers did not act on S 1747, legislation that would have permitted the personal cultivation and retail sale of marijuana. “The Marihuana Taxation and Regulation Act” (MRTA) would regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana to adults over the age of 21. It also permits the home cultivation of up to six marijuana plants by those age 18 or older.
The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, to strengthen state medical cannabis protections and impose various changes to federal law.
The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (HR 1013), removes cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. It also removes enforcement power from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in matter concerning marijuana possession, production, and sales.
The “Fairness and Equity Act” ("FEA") did not make it out of their committees before New York's legislative session ended in late June. The FEA, was a comprehensive piece of legislation that would have expanded the decriminalization of cannabis in New York State.
Marijuana prohibition applies to everyone, including the sick and dying. Of all the negative consequences of prohibition, none is as tragic as the denial of medicinal cannabis to the tens of thousands of seriously ill patients who could benefit from its therapeutic use. Until Congress is persuaded to amend federal law legalizing prescriptive access to marijuana, states have an obligation to protect patients seeking relief with medical cannabis from arrest and prosecution under state law. Basic compassion and common sense demand that we allow America's seriously ill citizens to use whatever medication is safe and effective to alleviate their pain and suffering. - Keith Stroup, Esq., Founder, NORML