senate Bill S2774

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Legalizes the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transfer, transport or administration of marihuana by a certified patient or designated caregiver

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Archive: Last Bill Status - STRICKEN

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 20, 2012 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jan 04, 2012 referred to health
Feb 01, 2011 referred to health


S2774 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 33 Title 5-A §§3360 - 3369, Pub Health L; amd §853, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S8427, A11565, S7283

S2774 - Summary

Legalizes the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transfer, transport or administration of marihuana by a certified patient or designated caregiver for a certified medical use; prescribes procedures for such possession, manufacture, etc. including certification of patients by their practitioner, and that, in the practitioner's professional judgment, the serious condition should be treated with the medical use of marihuana; provides that possession or manufacture of marihuana shall be lawful under these provisions provided that the marihuana possessed does not exceed a total aggregate weight of two and a half ounces; directs the department of health to monitor such use and promulgate rules and regulations for registry identification cards  (view more) provides for reports by the department of health to the governor and legislature on the medical use of marihuana.

S2774 - Sponsor Memo

S2774 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2011

Introduced  by  Sen.  DUANE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the general business  law,  in
  relation to medical use of marihuana


  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that
thousands of New Yorkers have serious medical  conditions  that  can  be
improved  by  medically-approved  use  of  marihuana. The law should not
stand between them and treatment necessary for  life  and  health.  This
legislation follows the well-established public policy that a controlled
substance  can have a legitimate medical use. Many controlled substances
that are legal for medical use (such as morphine and steroids) are ille-
gal for any other use. The purposes of article 33 of the  public  health
law  include  allowing legitimate use of controlled substances in health
care, including palliative care. This policy and this legislation do not
in any way diminish New York  state's  strong  public  policy  and  laws
against illegal drug use, nor should it be deemed in any manner to advo-
cate, authorize, promote, or legally or socially accept the use of mari-
huana  for children or adults, for any non-medical use. This legislation
is an appropriate exercise of the state's legislative power  to  protect
the  health of its people under article 17 of the state constitution and
the tenth amendment of the United States constitution.
  It is the legislative intent that this act be implemented consistently
with these findings and principles, through a  reasonable  and  workable
system with appropriate oversight, evaluation and continuing research.
  S  2.  Article  33 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
title 5-A to read as follows:
                                TITLE V-A
                        MEDICAL USE OF MARIHUANA

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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