Senate passes medicinal marijuana bill

Posted at: 06/20/2014 12:17 PM
Updated at: 06/20/2014 6:26 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY -- The state Senate passed a bill on Friday legalizing medicinal marijuana in New York State. The vote was 49-10.

Just before 3 a.m. the Assembly passed the bill to legalize medical marijuana for severely ill patients by a vote of 113 to 13. That paved the way for Friday's Senate vote.

According to the legislation, medical marijuana allowance will apply to patients suffering from ailments ranging from AIDS to cancer to epilepsy.

When an agreement on a bill was announced Thursday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the legislation one of the toughest passed in the last four years.

Doctors would have to be legally certified to administer it and patients would have to legally certify it is for medicinal purposes.

There are also fail-safes in place, which allow the governor to pull the program if anything goes wrong.

The bill will now head to Gov. Cuomo's office. Once he signs it, New York would become the 23rd state to legalize medicinal marijuana.