NY Assembly Health Committee to Hold Medical Marijuana Hearings in BuffaloBy Drug Policy Alliance | DPA December 5, 2013
Western NY Patients and Families Will Join Medical Experts in Calling on Legislature to Take Immediate Action to Pass Legislation
BUFFALO, NY — Dozens of patients living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, severe seizure disorders, and other serious, debilitating medical conditions will gather in Buffalo for a hearing of the NY State Assembly Health Committee on Thursday.
They will travel from across Western and Central New York to demand that the New York State legislature pass the Compassionate Care Act immediately.
The bill, which would create one of the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs, would allow seriously ill patients access to a small amount of marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.
Physicians in every state bordering New York – except Pennsylvania – have the ability to recommend this effective and relatively safe treatment for their patients.
Twenty states and the District Columbia have passed laws creating legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill patients, and New Jersey recently expanded its medical marijuana program to cover children who suffer from severe seizure disorders.
Earlier this year, the New York State Assembly passed the bill with bipartisan vote of 99-41, the widest margin of the four times the bill has been passed in that chamber, but the bill was never taken up for a vote in the Senate.
Patients and healthcare providers gathering in Buffalo hope that legislators will take up the issue when they return to Albany in January.New York medical marijuana , NY AB 6357 , NY SB 4406 , The Compassionate Care Act
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