Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Cynthia Nixon blunts John Boehner's curiously sudden support for marijuana reform

Cynthia Nixon blunts John Boehner's curiously sudden support for marijuana reform

After being opposed to the legalization of marijuana for years, Boehner has made a big 180-degree shift - saying "my thinking on cannabis has evolved".

In that case, Cathy Jordan and other patients are challenging a state law, passed during a special session past year, that carries out the amendment and, among other things, bans patients from smoking marijuana. In the case of Redner, Gievers noted that the state still has not defined what the adequate supply of medical marijuana is for a patient despite being mandated to do so. Although Nixon has been portrayed as a pawn of New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio in his notorious rivalry with Cuomo, she has actually slammed the both of them for passing the buck back and forth over funding low-income housing and mass transit. It did not end up in the final spending plan, but Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the state health department has the authority and the resources to do the review anyway. Lirot said he would petition the court on Thursday to lift the automatic stay on the ruling.

Boehner's decision may not come as a surprise to some. "That's what the amendment says, and we expect our state government to defend the Constitution, not try to judge shop their way out of it".

Gievers also said in her ruling that the state continues to be non-compliant in the implementation of Amendment 2.

"If this ruling is upheld, it will dramatically change patient access", he said.

"The consequences follow people for the rest of their lives, making it harder to get jobs or housing, and for noncitizens, putting them in the crosshairs for deportation", she said. Meanwhile, other states are moving forward with their plans. The announcement by Boehner and Weld "should send shockwaves throughout the industry and act as a positive catalyst for the sector as a whole", Ajamian said, reports Bloomberg News.

In a separate lawsuit filed last week, Trulieve asked a judge to strike down a state law that limits the number of dispensaries marijuana companies can operate, saying the restriction "arbitrarily impairs product availability and safety" and "unfairly penalizes" pot providers.

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