New York Governor issues order legalizing medical marijuana
In a stunning reversal, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order legalizing medicinal marijuana in New York. As reported by Leafly, earlier this year Cuomo told reporters, “I do not support medical marijuana. I understand the pros and cons. I understand the argument. We are looking at it, but at this point, I do not support medical marijuana.” Cuomo is up for re-election this coming November and the change is thought to be related to the growing influence the marijuana issue has been having on political campaigns. Cuomo’s legalization plan will not allow individual doctors to authorize the use of medicinal cannabis, but rather to allow up to 20 hospitals to prescribe marijuana for specific diseases, including cancer and multiple sclerosis. Plans for creating distribution centers such as dispensaries are unclear at this point, but the state hopes to develop the necessary infrastructure within a year.