And the Colorado Domino Effect Begins!
In an unexpected development last night, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a shocking statement: during next week’s state of the union speech, he will legalize medical marijuana in New York by way of an executive order.
The order will call for 20 hospitals to supply medical marijuana to seriously ill patients throughout New York. While access will remain restricted to those with diseases like “cancer, glaucoma or other diseases that meet standards to be set by the New York State Department of Health,” it’s a massive step in the right direction for New York–and likely a direct consequence of Colorado’s successful, pain-free launch of legal weed.
The Mile High state is on track to raise at least $67 Million in taxes (most of which will benefit its school system), and clearly, the rest of the country is taking notes. The New York development is a mild shocker because Cuomo has, even recently, been hesitant to support medical marijuana in the past and even critical of its use.
New York has seen medical marijuana bills pass the Assembly and die at the Senate four times in the past. But this time, Cuomo is bypassing a vote and taking matters into his own hands. The immediate result: limited, safe access for New York’s most dire patients.
The future result: less restrictive access and then, eventually: legal weed in the Empire State.
There’s a clear, palpable change in America’s air, and that change stems from Colorado’s success story being broadcast on a National stage for an entire week.
Things will never be the same.