Depending on the nature of their conditions, some patients in New York may be able to secure medical marijuana for treatment and pain management purposes. This is good news for certain individuals, but the regulations and laws surrounding the dispensing and appropriate use of this product are strict, and any misuse could lead to criminal charges.
Drug addiction is a serious problem in our society. Has your life been negatively affected by it in some way? Perhaps you or someone you love has battled (or is battling) addiction. Several years ago, it was estimated that doctors in New York and throughout the United States, wrote more than 29 million prescriptions that contained Ritalin and other potentially addictive drugs.
Police have the right to briefly stop you, but only if there is reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. This caveat is important and could come up if a stop leads to criminal charges. If it is later found that an officer conducted a stop without reasonable suspicion, the charges could get thrown out.
Remember that guy you knew in high school that got pulled over for speeding and was charged with possession of drugs? He likely claimed that the substance was not drugs and you likely thought it was just a ploy to get out of criminal charges.
Tokin' up is no longer as frowned upon now as it once was. Cheech and Chong would be proud of the changes made towards legalization of marijuana in some states, and would likely push for continued reform in others.