Albany's End-of-Session Agenda

Monday, June 16, 2014

state capitol Capitol building in Albany (Karen DeWitt/WXXI)

State lawmakers are approaching the end of this year’s legislative session. Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, talks about what’s left on Albany’s agenda, from legalized medical marijuana to minimum wage and specialized high schools.


Ken Lovett

Comments [17]

Susie from Larchmont

You negated to mention the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act that is also put forth to this Codes / Assembly Committee. The Senate already passed it and we just need for the Speaker of the Assembly Committee - Sheldon Silver to bring it to the Codes committee.

He has publically stated that he will NOT be doing this - so why didn't you mention it on your show? I listen to your show everyday and was really disappointed that you did not discuss the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act.

One of the amendments will make purchasing sex from a minor a FELONY.
If you pay a child $20 and have sex - it is still rape. Purchasers of sex with children need to be held accountable for this action of raping children.

Jun. 18 2014 11:45 AM

No pill form of marijuana is as fast acting or dosage controllable as smoke:
If the chemo makes you nauseous, take a puff.
Still sick? Another puff.
Sickness gone? Stop.
If the pill survives puking, you won't know for 20 minutes if it's too much or not enough.
Vaporization is good, but more high tech.
Illegality makes vaporization more difficult than smoking a joint.

Jun. 16 2014 11:27 AM

The person inferring she was some kind of medical professional was halfway challenged about seeming to group marijuana with oxycontin etc. but it didn't seem to stick. Brian as usual didn't try hard enough. I think she mentioned something about her age group thinking something. Sorry, but being of a certain generation doesn't exempt anyone from critical thinking.

I'm just one person, but I smoked most days for a number of years. Blood tests for new jobs coming up, and the damn stuff can be detected for up to a couple of weeks, so I stopped for the past two years. Result: music and art museums somewhat less fun.

And the claim about there being some kind of artificial marijuana? Never heard of it. Has anyone? Weakly questioned but not really at all. Where exactly are the cannabinoids or whatever the active ingredients are coming from? Aspirin? Bananas?

By the way, did anyone notice that we have two states which have legalized marijuana in general, not just with real or just pro forma medical prescription? So I guess we can stop the idle speculation and making up scare stories and pretending marijuana is just like heroin and see what really happens.

As usual, Brian seems to be much more interested in spending the short allotted time on a topic, getting in a few callers, and moving on than on having any kind of challenging discussion.

Jun. 16 2014 11:10 AM

Marijuana protects against brain cell death after trauma or stroke. See the government-owned Patent below:

Jun. 16 2014 11:03 AM
Walter from

The lady doctor has it all figured out -- and she is all wrong and completely illogical. Pot is bad for you, and the evidence is her patients -- who can get high at will DESPITE the "War on Drugs."

A larger point: the easiest thing we could do to fight racism would be to end the War on Drugs, to eliminate the dynamic underlying the hostile experience all young black men face. LEGALIZE ALL DRUGS -- it would save so much money!

Jun. 16 2014 11:03 AM

United States Patent 6,630,507 Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants
Hampson , et al. October 7, 2003
claims benefit of No. 60/082,589 filed Apr. 21, 1998

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH.sub.3, and COCH.sub.3. ##STR1##

Jun. 16 2014 11:01 AM

"No increased risk for road trauma was found for drivers exposed to cannabis."
cid Anal Prev. 2004 Jul;36(4):631-6.
Psychoactive substance use and the risk of motor vehicle accidents.
Movig KL, Mathijssen MP, Nagel PH, van Egmond T, de Gier JJ, Leufkens HG, Egberts AC.
SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, Leidschendam, The Netherlands.

Jun. 16 2014 10:59 AM

Ed, I'm pleased that you're so enthusiastic about my reproductive health.

On medical marijuana, I wonder if I'll have an opportunity to legally use this for PMS and menstrual discomfort before I hit menopause? Probably not.

Jun. 16 2014 10:54 AM

Studies show no fatality increase from driving under the influence of marijuana.

Jun. 16 2014 10:53 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Yes, it was the Ramarley Graham case the caller talked about, but he described it as being shot *for* flushing the pot, which made it harder to recognize. I had to think for a moment myself to realize what he meant.

Jun. 16 2014 10:53 AM

No pill form of marijuana is as fast acting or dosage controllable as smoke.
If the chemo makes you nauseous, take a puff.
Still sick, another puff. Sickness gone, stop.
If the pill survives puking, you won't knoow for 2o minutes if it's too much or noot enough.

Jun. 16 2014 10:51 AM
Tony from Canarsie

An earlier caller asserted that alcohol was "reintroduced" by "the creation of a black market."

Every historian who has studied Prohibition would be more than a little surprised by that bizarre claim.

Jun. 16 2014 10:50 AM
pina from So.Plainfield

Comparing Oxy to marihuana? And she is MD?

Jun. 16 2014 10:50 AM
Christopher Galloway from Queens

Really Brian, you don't remember a kid being shot while flushing a bag of marijuana down the toilet?

Jun. 16 2014 10:47 AM

NY has had a legalized medical marijuana law for decades.
No Governor has ever implemented the program.

Jun. 16 2014 10:47 AM

Doctor cuomo should have stuck to fighting corruption in Albany instead of worring about my body.
Problems of a One party state

Jun. 16 2014 10:46 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Let's just hope the Women's 'Equality' bill, which wasn't passed last year and didn't get to a vote this year, is not passed. The first nine points are fine but the tenth point is a ridiculous and senseless expansion of abortion. (Of course they won't drop the tenth point to get the other nine passed, so they won't pass any.) We're all sending in post cards against this bill.

Jun. 16 2014 07:59 AM

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