In 2014, New York became the 23rd state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana. While this marked a step in the right direction, it quickly became clear that it would not solve the many problems associated with marijuana prohibition. Recreational use remains unaffected and fuels the black market while filling our prisons.
Even as medical marijuana policies go, New York's is one of the most restrictive. Only a small amount of facilities are sanctioned to sell medical marijuana to patients who meet the criteria. Prices remain very high, and many patients are forced to drive hours to the nearest dispensary. Furthermore, there are many restrictions as to the specific strains that can be sold thus depriving certain patients of the type that would best suit them. New York's Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, one of the nation's oldest newspapers, printed an impassioned editorial on this subject, which you can read here.