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Poll: NY voters strongly support legalization of medical marijuana


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After Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a program that would research the feasibility of medical marijuana in the state last month, a new poll shows New York voters strongly support the plan.

The results of a Quinnipiac University survey, released Monday, found that 88 percent of state voters back the legalization of medical marijuana.

In his January State of the State address, Cuomo said he would launch a pilot medical marijuana research program that allows up to 20 hospitals to provide medical marijuana to patients being treated for serious illnesses.

A majority of voters, 57 percent, also support legalizing a small amount of pot for personal use, according to the poll.

Though medical marijuana use received overwhelming backing from every group polled, its recreational use created a divide among both gender and generation groups.

Sixty-three percent of men support legalizing the drug for recreational purposes, versus 51 percent of women. Eight-three percent of voters 18 to 29 years old back the legalization, with 57 percent of voters 65 and older opposing it.

 

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Street Talk: What do you think of Governor Andrew Cuomo legalizing medical marijuana?


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I think it’s a great idea for those who need it for medical reasons because it’s supposed to help with pain and improve living. I believe this is a necessary step, as long as the use of medical marijuana is contained.
Bridget Delaney

I could understand him legalizing it for medical purposes.  It’s just a matter of control so that those who are using it for other reasons do not get their hands on it.
Louisa Samolis

Personally, I think legalizing it is a good idea, people are already using it anyway so making it legal is something that needed to be done, since other states in the country have also legalized it.
Demos Samolis

It’s about time, and I believe he hasn’t done enough with it yet.
Walter Klimetz

I believe that medical marijuana is a good drug for people who need it, and thanks to Governor Cuomo these people are now able to get it.
Michele Dregei

I think medical marijuana is beneficial for patients in need of it and it’s about time Governor Cuomo did something about it.
Mary Jacobini

Legalizing medical marijuana is good and bad:  it’s good for those who need it, but bad if it’s introduced to the wrong person who can’t handle it and takes it in the wrong context.  So, this has to be handled very carefully.
Grace Thomas

If it’s something that a doctor is prescribing to the patient because it’s going to help them feel better, then yes, I believe this is beneficial. But, if a person is using the excuse that it is for medical reasons and using it for recreational purposes, then I think it can be a bad thing.
Audrey Anderson

-KATELYN DISALVO

 

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Cuomo’s pot program leaves some with questions


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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State still has some a little buzzed.

Cuomo mentioned he would launch a state medical marijuana program to help patients, and since then various organizations and supporters of cannabis have applauded the decision, but are calling for more information.

“Our opinion is that any medical marijuana law is great,” said Troy Smit, a member of the board of directors of Empire State National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a marijuana advocacy group. “There are patients out there that need it.”

The governor’s program is a pilot to research medical marijuana, and will be limited to only 20 hospitals and patients with serious illnesses, such as cancer.

Cuomo is able to enact the policy through an old law, which established the Antonio G. Olivieri controlled substances therapeutic research program.

However, not much information has been released about the program, leading people to question which patients will qualify to get access to the cannabis, which hospitals will participate, and even how the state plans to collect and dispense marijuana.

“We are afraid his whole plan is unworkable and leaves everybody in the dust. What is the point of a plan that doesn’t work,” Smit asked.

A recent DrugPolicy.org/Siena College Research Institute poll showed that 79 percent of people in New York City support medical marijuana for people with serious conditions, and there is hope that the program could be expanded after its test run.

The program’s “findings will be used to inform future policy,” according to the governor’s office.

“We have to make New York healthier. Research suggests that medical marijuana can help manage the pain and treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses,” Cuomo said. “We will monitor the program to evaluate the effectiveness and the feasibility of a medical marijuana system.”

 

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Cops honored for Ridgewood pot bust


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On Tuesday, December 17, the 104th Precinct Council honored seven officers, who were all helpful during a marijuana bust in Ridgewood in October.

The officers found 580 pot plants, which had the potential to be worth millions.

 

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Man tries to take 30 pounds of pot from doctor


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The reefer is greener at the doctor’s office.

A Brooklyn man was arrested Friday afternoon for trying to take 30 pounds of pot from a South Richmond Hill’s doctor’s office, police said.

Marlon Morris, 41, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct after he allegedly attempted to pick up a package of hash that was delivered by UPS to Dr. Devicka Persaud’s medical office on Liberty Avenue at 4:50 p.m. on February 1, said cops.

Staff at Persaud’s family medicine practice did not immediately comment.

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