Saying that he supports the overall effort, Gov. Cuomo on Monday morning said he’s open to signing a medical marijuana bill as long as it makes sense.
Cuomo noted there are advantages and disadvantages to legalizing medical pot.
“If you don’t do it right and controls aren’t in place, it could be a problem,” he said. “How you do it is everything in this case.”
Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) have been pushing for the Legislature to agree to a medical marijuana bill that can be passed this session. It’s unclear whether the Senate Republican leadership would allow such a bill to the floor for a vote before the legislative session ends next week.
“If their piece of legislation, the legislation makes sense, then I would sign it because I support the overall effort,” Cuomo said.
He noted that he has already moved without legislative action to provide medical marijuana at 20 hospitals throughout the state. He also announced last week an agreement to develop a trial project to provide Epidolex, a drug that contains an ingredient found in marijuana plants, to help children with epilepsy.
UPDATE: Sen. Diane Savnio, the Senates sponsor of the medical marijuana bill, told reporters at the Capitol Monday she was “very confident” the measure would be approved before the end of the session.
“We are certainly going to get it done by the end of the session,”
Savino said. She also noted the recent agreement between herself and Assemblymany Richard Gottfried to unifiy their respective bills into one, unified bill.
“I believe the current form is as good as it gets,” she said. “It is the tightest, most regulated piece of legislation that will affect the medical marijuana industry in this country.”
When asked if she had any surrance from Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos, Savino replied: “Let’s just say I am very confident the bill is coming to the floor.”
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