Lawmakers in New York are continuing to garner support for medical marijuana before the session ends toward the end of June.
On Wednesday, a Siena poll was released that showed 57% of New Yorkers are in support of legalizing marijuana for medical use.Â 33% of New Yorkers were opposed to passing the medical marijuana bill.Â Also notable, Republican disapproval of the bill dropped below 50%, which is a large jump from a similar poll 2 years ago that showed 59% of New York Republicans disapproved of passing medical marijuana legalization legislation.
The medical marijuana bill that is currently being discussed would establish one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country, according to Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who is the chair of the Assembly Health Committee.
Should the bill pass, it would require potential medical marijuana patients to acquire a certification from a physician.Â Then, the patient would send that certification to the state Department of Health, where it would be reviewed and a card would be issued for a patient to use at a registered pharmacy or hospital.Â Patients would only be allowed to cultivate their own medical marijuana if there were not a hospital within 20 miles of their home.Â For all patients, the possession limit would be 2.5 ounces.
Gottfried added in a press conference Wednesday that four of the seven Republicans in the Health Committee have shown support of the potential bill.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is opposed to the legalization of medical marijuana, which likely means that the bill has little chance of being passed into law, even if it were to make it through the House and Senate.