NYS Assembly moves to legalize medical marijuana

May 29, 2014 Heather Chin
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The Democratic-led NY State Assembly passed the Compassionate Care Act with a vote of 91-34 on Tuesday, May 27, now sending it to the Senate, which ends its session in June. The bill already got through the Republican-led finance committee.

The move comes as many NYC politicians have become more vocal about their support for legalization, with a parallel goal of reducing the number of marijuana-possession arrests. Brooklyn Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries is among those calling for reform, criticizing the NYPD’s comparable number of arrests this year, under Mayor Bill de Blasio, as occurred in 2013 under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“That is not the change that we expected,” Jeffries said at a protest, also held on May 27. “We need a fair and responsible policy that doesn’t necessarily criminalize tens of thousands of individuals [and that is] enforced in a race-neutral fashion.”

But de Blasio said that he and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton do not support “full-scale legalizing.”

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