Breaking: New York Legalizes Medical Marijuana–But You Can’t Smoke It | Marijuana
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014

New York is officially America’s 23rd medical marijuana state after Governor Cuomo and the state legislator agreed on a bill that will bring aid to New York’s patients. However, there’s one major asterisk: none of these patients will be actually be able to inhale cannabis.

All prescribed patients can only consume cannabis via edibles, tinctures, and vaporizers. In layman’s terms: no bong hits, no joints, and definitely no dabs.

While a conservative step in the right direction, this policy will leave most patients in the dust. To qualify for New York’s medical marijuana program, patients must have “cancer, HIV/AIDs, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication on intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s Disease, or as added by the commissioner by DOH.”

Like Minnesota’s recent restrictive legalization, New York will go to extreme measures to make sure its patients are following the law, and won’t be serving up cannabis in dispensaries or next to Bodegas: