Cuomo is about to announce, via executive action (sound
familiar?), that 20 hospitals around the state
will be allowed to prescribe marijuana to certain
diseases. It will not be as liberal a policy as it
is in states like California where even a backache
score you a script for some weed. NY has some of the
most punitive consequences for those caught dealing
decision indicates a major shift in policy and belief
for the governor, who has long resisted legalizing
medical marijuana. New York's plan will be very restrictive
and available through just 20 hospitals throughout
the state and controlled by the NYS Dept. of Health
for very specific illnesses.
the sudden sea change? Gov. Cuomo's shift in policy
comes at a time when neighboring New Jersey, where
medical marijuana has been legal for some time, is
about to see their governor Chris Christie run for
the white house on the GOP ticket.
has long made it known that he would like to be the
Democratic candidate for the White House and with
national policies towards marijuana changing drastically,
Cuomo must align himself with that national mind set.
Pot advocates and lawmakers around the country are
changing the criminalization of weed and if Cuomo
intends to persuade people in those states, he needs
to be able to say, "I too am for legalization".
is just one of several instances where he has shown
a major shift in policy to strengthen his standing
with the larger national population base. He has flip-flopped
on same sex marriage, strict gun control and is advocating
stronger abortion control. All of these points have
strong opinions throughout the country, on both sides
of the isle.
fact that the governor has decided to bypass the state
legislature is no surprise and is eerily reminiscent
of the way President Obama enacts controversial legislation.
the election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of NYC, it
shows the Cuomo team that they must move towards a
much more progressive agenda to become aligned with
the Democratic base that put Obama into office. As
a run of the mill central leaning Democrat, Cuomo
would not stand a chance of receiving the nomination
for 2016, let alone hope to win a national election.
is position on hot button issues now will make him
see less of a position-shifter 2 years from now, however
I'm sure his opponent will not let him forget where
he stood on these issues in 2011 and 2012.