Laws on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Cannabis Use are Changing
The new law is definitely an improvement over A6357, which doesn’t specify legal sources of medical marijuana in New York. A6357 only says people must first present a registered ID and a written recommendation from their doctor before they can go to medical marijuana dispensaries. Patients in need of the drug can rest easy once the new law is implemented as it would designate authorized places for drug distribution.
The proposed law recommends that marijuana be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (DFA) instead of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), suggesting in effect that the drug be treated the same way as alcohol. Should the Act be passed into law, it would also rename the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.