ALBANY, N.Y. (PIX11) — Governor Cuomo has made it clear he doesn’t want the bill to legalize medical marijauana in the state to go up in smoke, he just wants to make certain it isn’t administered in any smokable form.
That’s one of the stumbling blocks holding up passage of the controversial measure. The state senate worked late into the night Tuesday as leaders conferred with the Governor to reach some compromise.
The Assembly has previously approved it, and it was expected to breeze through the Senate until the Governor said he feared the measure in its current form would wreak havoc unless major changes were made.
Among other things, he doesn’t want it administered through smoking the weed. It could be given orally.
Sponsors of the measure say smoking is necessary because it delivered quick pain relief to people,particularly those suffering terminal cancer. “Medical marijuana, if we do it right, can help. If it doesn’t work, it could become a public safety debacle,” the Governor declared. He added, “We want to make sure we don’t make a mistake. Once you let the Genie out of the bottle, you can’t get it back in.”
According to my sources in Albany, some progress has been made in working a compromise with the Governor, but still no deal. The debate could keep the legislature into a late night session Thursday before wrapping things up.
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