New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York will take executive action to begin dispensing medical marijuana in select hospitals. New York will be joining its neighbors, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Vermont, in legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. This has yet to be OK’d by the state legislature; however, the governor is able to bypass legislative approval through his executive authority per the 1980 Medical Marijuana Law, which sets the stage for a regulated system.
The state health department would ultimately decide to which hospitals the marijuana would be dispensed to, and medical professionals will decide which patients it can be prescribed to. Among other illnesses, typically patients with cancer and glaucoma can be among those who qualify for the prescription. The details of where the marijuana itself will come from are yet to be determined. Nonetheless, although its ways away from going as green as Colorado, this is a huge step for New York.