On June 13th, the New York State Assembly voted 90 to 50 to send a bill to the senate for the legalization of medical marijuana in New York. Unfortunately, the more conservative Senate has blocked the bill. Had the bill passed and been signed by the governor, New York would join fifteen other states who have legalized medical marijuana. The law would have permitted individuals who are approved by the state to possess up to 2 ½ ounces of marijuana at one time.
The approval by the New York assembly is a step forward, but it is still not enough. According to Jason Volet, a well known New Jersey criminal lawyer, thousands are suffering from symptoms of ailments that could be relieved by medicinal marijuana, many others are being arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Both U.S. and New York State drug policies regarding marijuana put innocent individuals in jail and deny those who need medical assistance one of the few remedies to their pain, nausea, and other complications.