New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that will expedite access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients a couple months before the state’s full medical marijuana program is implemented.
Continual pressure from advocates, patients, and families helped get the Governor to sign the emergency access bill.
“We’ve been waiting an outrageous 15 months for expedited access to medical marijuana,” stated a mother who’s son needs medical marijuana to treat seizures.
New York Health Department officials said New York’s medical marijuana program should be fully operational by January 2016.
“It’s outrageous that [patients] have been forced to go years without relief while politicians procrastinate, but this new law means that the day when those who need marijuana-based medicine will be able to safely obtain it from legal businesses will be here sooner rather than later,” said a marijuana industry businessman.