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Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In New York State Senate And Assembly


New York MarijuanaLegislation Would End the Needless Suffering of Thousands of Seriously Ill New Yorkers

Statement from Drug Policy Alliance’s Julie Netherland

Today, New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Senator Diane Savino introduced a bill that would create one of the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs.

If passed, New York would join eighteen other states – including New Jersey and Connecticut — and the District of Columbia in allowing patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses to access to medical marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.  The entire program, including the registration of patients and the licensing of producers and dispensaries, would be subject to strict state regulation and oversight.

Julie Netherland, the Deputy Director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s New York Policy Office, offered this statement:

“Patients and their families in New York have suffered far too long because New York continues its retrograde approach to marijuana policies, even as other states move forward with more sensible approaches. The Drug Policy Alliance stands with hundreds of patients, healthcare providers, and organizations across New York in calling for the legislature to pass this sensible and humane legislation as soon as possible.  A growing body of research shows that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for a number of serious conditions.  People living with multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s, HIV/AIDS and other debilitating conditions should not have to wait any longer to get access to a medicine that may help alleviate their pain and other symptoms. There is simply no sensible reason for patients and their families to wait any longer for relief.”

Press Release From The Drug Policy Alliance


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  1. Hopefully it can be accessed to more than just those types of sicknesses. I’ve been against prescription anything ever since i was a child and still don’t even bother to pay the doctors a visit anytime soon, all they do is prescribe me something that makes me worse in the long run. I can’t keep living the life of Insomnia and lower back pain any more. staying up for 40 hours all the time is killing me. I can’t stand it. I’ve self medicated with Cannabis for the past 3 years now and it’s done a hell of a lot more for me than allow me to sleep and relieve my lower back pain, It’s improved my Asthma drastically to the point where i don’t need an inhaler any more, it’s helped my ADD, no longer will i take Addyrall, a pill that turns you into a zombie, gives extreme dry mouth, and constipation. It has also helped me become a better person, allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and not be so shy, this has helped me with my eating disorder, being called fat everyday through school implanted a mental image in my brain that i’m always fat, Cannabis helps me eat and allow me to feel comfortable in my own skin. Let’s please fight hard for this, Lot’s of people need this natural cure.

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