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Letter: Marijuana law needs adjusting

A marijuana plant in Uruguay on Monday, April

A marijuana plant in Uruguay on Monday, April 25, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Pablo Porciuncula

I am just wondering whether the edible pot to be marketed in 18 months in New York State, according to the state's medical marijuana law, will illegally hit the streets of the Briarwood bodega before or after its official debut ["Albany makes its deals," Editorial, June 22].

Obviously, to any sane person, edible pot will be just another drug in the pusher pharmacopeia -- a sweet treat along with the plethora of other drugs presently retailed, such as Xanax and Klonipin -- despite any stringent regulations. Just imagine the criminal mischief such a treat will inspire around Halloween.

I propose that edible pot be nicknamed after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: "Cuomo dolci," Italian for sweets.

It should also be pointed out that driving while intoxicated with marijuana is more dangerous than drunken driving, since one may deceptively feel capable of driving yet impaired in motor functions for four to eight hours beyond the time of subjective effects of the drug.

Bottom line? Cuomo and the bill's sponsors belong in jail, not in Albany.

Joseph N. Manago, Briarwood

Editor's note: The writer is a former visiting professor in biochemistry and physiology of the Research Foundation of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's comments on the legalization of medical marijuana are about as hypocritical and as cynical as any I have read in some time ["A pact on pot for the ailing," News, June 20].

He says "Medical marijuana has the possibility to do a lot of good for a lot of people who are in pain and who are suffering and are in desperate need of a treatment that can provide relief." But the medical marijuana won't be available to the desperately ill for at least 18 months, if then, and can only be prescribed for 10 diseases. It can only be grown, processed and distributed by manufacturers approved by the state, and it cannot be smoked.

Doctors and patients would face criminal penalties if they abuse the system, and the governor has the right to end the program and cut the number of eligible conditions in half. The governor's compassion for those in desperate need of relief seems artificial at best.

James J. McDonald, Deer Park