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April 5, 2013

Medical marijuana bill a good step


We can understand why there are many people, including state Sen. James Seward of Milford, who don’t want to see New York go the same route. 

But even the relatively conservative Seward seems to be moving slightly on this issue. Less than a year ago, Seward expressed reservations about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to relax the penalties for small amounts of marijuana possession. 

“I still consider marijuana a gateway drug — a gateway to much more serious drug use,” Seward said in June.

But Seward seemed willing to give Saviano’s bill an honest look. 

“I am open to looking into the issue, but it would have to be very tightly controlled,” the senator said last week. 

We’re not saying Saviano’s bill is perfect. But it is a step forward for New York. And for now, that’s good enough for us. 

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