Could Marijuana be Legalized in NY?
- Author: Santos West Apr 13, 2018,
Apr 13, 2018, 1:08
"So far this is clearly the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill we've seen", said Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey. "The simple truth is, for white people, the use of marijuana has effectively been legal for a long time". In addition to talking up the potential revenue benefits of such a move, Nixon also said legalizing marijuana would put an end to the racist way the current drug laws are enforced.
"I have concluded descheduling the drug is needed so that we can do research and allow [the Department of Veterans Affairs] to offer it as a treatment option in the fight against the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities", he said.
The researchers cite four reasons they believe the legalization of cannabis may have had a positive effect on violent crime rates starting with the suggestion that legalization itself, "reduces the likelihood of [cannabis users and growers] engaging in violent activities". Nine states and Washington, D.C., now allow for recreational pot use. It sets an effective 20 percent tax rate on marijuana products, gives ME residents a priority for commercial licenses, puts the Department of Administrative and Financial Services in charge of Maine's recreational and medical marijuana systems, and sets safety standards.
The study will look at the health impact, criminal justice effect and consequences to NY state resulting from legalization in surrounding states.
Asked about the recommendation, he said "I am not afraid of it because I am not afraid of this plant being used as a medicine".
Nixon launched a primary challenge against Gov. "The best way to forge consensus is on facts rather than opinions, stereotypes, past experiences", Cuomo said.
Indeed, medical marijuana is sometimes prescribed to relieve nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
There is no timetable for when the NY study might be completed. This year's report, unlike previous versions, urges states to improve their programs to use medical cannabis as a tool to fight the opioid crisis.
Upon legalization, The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) plans to open the first government-run, non-medicinal cannabis retail stores.