| Posted on Thu, January, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
The state of New York has been under the watchful eye of the stoner community for a while, since the battle for legal cannabis has been going back and forth here for a while now. The governor is currently drawing up plans for a legalization bill that would make NY the third (or fourth depending on how you take Portland, ME) place in the US to legalize the plant.
Andrew Cuomo, the current Democratic governor in NY is working on allowing the plant to be used for medical purposes, in hospitals all over the state. Although the plant will be allowed for medical purposes, it's not expected that NY follow Colorado in the recreational aspect, keeping the plant only for medical benefits. Of course, we all know that that's how the process begins. Decriminalization, medical legalization, recreational legalization. Plus, the patients that really need the plant will have access to a natural, less dangerous kind of medicine.
If passed, cannabis would be used in twenty hospitals statewide to treat serious illnesses such as cancer and glaucoma. Even the proposition of this measure is shocking, considering that New York has one of the highest possession charge rates, charging 450,000 people between the years of 2002 and 2012. That's a lot of people in trouble just for possessing marijuana.
The most worried about aspect of the cannabis legalization is driving while under the influence, as there's a great deal of controversy on this subject. Of course, it seems that no one wants to spotlight the studies that are being released. Specifically one titled "Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption", done by two gentlemen in November of 2011, shows that a higher marijuana consumption rate among adults led to a decrease in alcohol related traffic incidents in states that have allowed medical marijuana. This study alone should be enough to convince people that there is a definitely higher level of safety when it comes to driving while under the influence of marijuana. However, there have been others done to prove that driving while stoned is as dangerous as driving while taking allergy medicines.
It is looking like New York will be the next state to permit medical marijuana. As said above, this is definitely a step in the right direction and can only bring a positive change in this state. Patients will now get the medicine that they need in order to feel/get better and we will be one step closer to marijuana legalization in every state in the country.