Drastic changes to New York’s medical marijuana program are tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to legalize recreational pot.
From abolishing strict patient eligibility rules to permitting homegrown cannabis for medical use, the once anti-marijuana governor has seemingly conceded to many pro-cannabis demands.
Notably, some of the existing medical marijuana companies in New York, which spent millions of dollars lobbying Cuomo and state lawmakers, pushed key aspects of the legislation, called the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act.
USA TODAY Network New York reviewed the legislation and interviewed cannabis industry insiders, revealing the expansive scope of marijuana reforms being debated in Albany.