New York is close to becoming the 18th state to reject federal drug laws – and legalize medical marijuana. Perhaps not close enough though. Bill A-7347, allowing a licensed practitioner to prescribe marijuana to patients with serious conditions, passed New York Assembly by a vote of 90-50 on Wednesday.

While this may sound like good news, it’s not the first time the New York Assembly has made progress only to be denied vote in the State Senate. It would be the third time in five years.

Governor Cuomo is focused on his own decriminalization of small possession effort, so he has not taken a position in favor of medical issue. In April, he said the following:

“It’s a topic that is being discussed and the dialogue is actually increasing,” he said. ” … I think the risks outweigh the benefits at this point. I understand there’s more research and there’s more evidence, and it can always be re-evaluated. I don’t believe there’s going to be time this legislative session to look at that issue, because that issue’s going to take a great deal of time to analyze it properly, and we’re down to the next few weeks here. So I don’t think it’s for this session, but I think it’s an important topic.”

Even when Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice, Gustin Reichbach, has admitted to using marijuana to ease symptoms of pancreatic cancer the political posturing persists.

If any action is to be taken this legislative year, New Yorkers must push their legislators harder. The polls show overwhelming, consistent popular support for this sort of legislation but the politicians won’t follow that trend until they feel at risk of losing money, voters, volunteers and good press. If the grassroots take careful aim, A-7347/S-2774 will see their day for a floor vote.

Contact your Assembly as well as StateSenate representative right now.

NOTE: Use the TAC’s legislative tracking page to follow all state-based marijuana bills at this link

The 10th Amendment

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

LEARN MORE

01

Featured Articles

On the Constitution, history, the founders, and analysis of current events.

featured articles

02

Tenther Blog and News

Nullification news, quick takes, history, interviews, podcasts and much more.

tenther blog

03

State of the Nullification Movement

232 pages. History, constitutionality, and application today.

get the report

01

Path to Liberty

Our flagship podcast. Michael Boldin on the constitution, history, and strategy for liberty today

path to liberty

02

Maharrey Minute

The title says it all. Mike Maharrey with a 1 minute take on issues under a 10th Amendment lens. maharrey minute

Tenther Essentials

2-4 minute videos on key Constitutional issues - history, and application today

TENTHER ESSENTIALS

Join TAC, Support Liberty!

Nothing helps us get the job done more than the financial support of our members, from just $2/month!

JOIN TAC

01

The 10th Amendment

History, meaning, and purpose - the "Foundation of the Constitution."

10th Amendment

03

Nullification

Get an overview of the principles, background, and application in history - and today.

nullification