New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign medical marijuana bill today


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today will sign a bill making New York the 24th state to allow for medical marijuana. The bill does not allow anyone to smoke cannabis, however, and patients must either vaporize or eat the medical cannabis.

The state will tax the sales of cannabis at 6 percent at the wholesale level, though medical cannabis sales likely will not begin until next year at the earliest. The state health department will oversee the licensing of patients. Supply for patients is limited to 2.5 ounces every 30 days.
The state legislature approved the bill just two weeks ago, taking discussions and amendments right up until the final hour. Among the changes: fewer qualifying conditions and all cannabis consumed must either be in the form of edible oils or tinctures as well as hash oils and waxes.