The 2014 legislative session has just eight working days left to go, with the closing day scheduled for June 20th. As lawmakers prepare to return for the final two weeks, there’s uncertainty whether anything will get done, now that Governor Cuomo has publicly vowed to try to oust the current Senate leadership.
The fate of a medical marijuana bill remains up in the air in New York State. The State Assembly has approved a version that would allow patients to obtain the drug for medical treatment, while a similar measure remains hung up in the State Senate.
Advocates cheered as the New York State Assembly approved a medical marijuana bill that would permit patients to possess small amounts of marijuana to treat approved medical conditions.
The legislation also sets up licensed dispensaries to grow and sell the drug to sick people.
Both houses of state government have introduced a series of bills to deal with the growing problems associated with the drug heroin. With less than a month left in the legislative session, advocates are hoping a deal can be reached before lawmakers go home for the calendar year.
A Republican led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combating the growing heroin addiction in New York.
The bills would require schools to carry supplies of Naloxone, the drug used to treat heroin overdoses and in many cases, prevent death. They would also require better management of patients treated for drug addiction, and convert some recently closed state prisons to treatment centers.