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Jul 7, 2015

Patients to urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Patients and their caregivers were to gather outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to plead for early access to medical marijuana. The governor signed legislation a year ago authorizing medical marijuana in the state, but the program is still months away from beginning. Patients and their families were to meet […]

Nov 5, 2014

NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Medical Marijuana

NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics – Medical Marijuana – Counseling Clients on Illegal Conduct   Ethics Opinion 1024   Background: The inquiring attorney asks whether he is permitted to counsel clients with respect to the use of medical marijuana.  Specifically, there exists a conflict between the federal government’s criminalization of marijuana possession, sale, and[...]

Aug 29, 2014

Human faces of suffering key to medical marijuana law

The Compassionate Care Act, signed in July, allows the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes under strict guidelines. It’s not what everyone wanted or needed, according to a group of cancer survivors, state legislators, a doctor and advocacy group members who discussed the legislation and the next steps.

Jul 7, 2014

NY becomes 23rd state to allow medical marijuana

NEW YORK — New York is now the 23rd state to authorize marijuana as a medical treatment — though it will have one of the more restrictive programs in the country. Under legislation signed into law on Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, patients with one of 10 diseases will be able to obtain non-smokeable versions […]

Jun 19, 2014

Med marijuana advocates criticize Gov. Cuomo

ALBANY (AP) — Dozens of advocates for legalizing medical marijuana rallying at New York’s Capitol are blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo for stalling the so-called “Compassionate Care Act.” Patients who would benefit from medical marijuana are asking Cuomo on Wednesday to support passing the measure before session concludes this week. The Democrat said Tuesday he wouldn’t […]

May 29, 2014

Compassionate Care act passes Assembly

Legislation that would allow the use of marijuana to treat serious, life-threatening illnesses has passed in the state Assembly, according to Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit. Passing the Compassionate Care Act (A.6357) is a matter of compassion for those who are living with chronic or prolonged illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS […]

Nov 5, 2012

ADA doesn’t protect med. marijuana patients

Medical marijuana patients are not protected under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits public entities from denying benefits to individuals with a disability, the 9th Circuit has ruled. Several patients in California who had been prescribed medical marijuana for pain relief sued under the Act seeking a preliminary injunction against several […]

May 25, 2012

9th Circuit: ADA doesn’t protect medical pot users

Federal disability discrimination law does not protect medical marijuana users who claimed their civil rights were violated by local municipalities that interfered with the lawful distribution of the drug, the 9th Circuit has ruled in affirming judgment.   Medical marijuana use is permitted under California law. The plaintiffs are severely disabled California residents whose doctors […[...]

Apr 5, 2010

Medical marijuana gains momentum

For millions of the infirmed, the state’s anticipated approval of medical marijuana spells relief. For New York, limited legalization may be just the right medicine to cure some chronic budgetary ills. Already legal in 14 states ...

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