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Medical Marijuana Educational Forum In Syracuse, New York Today


new york medical marijuanaAdvocates Say There Are Enough Votes To Pass Medical Marijuana In NY: Senate Must Act Now

East Syracuse - Wednesday, patients, families, advocates, and doctors will host an educational forum in East Syracuse. The public forum is part of the March for Compassion—a month-long series of actions and events across the state to educate New Yorkers about medical cannabis and build support for New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana proposal – the Compassionate Care Act (A.6357-A -Gottfried) / S.4406-A -Savino).

Last week, New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana proposal was included in the State Assembly’s one-house budget proposal, for the first time ever, jumpstarting negotiations with the Senate and Governor. If the Senate acts, medical marijuana could be passed as part of the budget by the April 1st deadline.

In the last few weeks, Republican support for the bill has continued to grow with four Republican State Senators publicly supporting the Compassionate Care Act, including Senator George Maziarz (R – Newfane), Senator Mark Grisanti (R, IP – Buffalo), Senator Joe Robach (R, C, IP – Rochester) and Senator Tim O’Mara (R, C – Big Flats, Elmira). Advocates are confident there are the votes to pass the legislation in the Senate. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, nearly 90% of New Yorker voters support comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

Tomorrow’s forum is part of a series of educational forums and actions, called March for Compassion, pressuring the State Senate to pass the Compassionate Care Act.  Last week, forums were held in Long Island and Buffalo to standing-room-only crowds, and today dozens of patients and caregivers descended on Albany to demand passage of the bill.  Compassionate Care NY, a coalition of more than 100 patients, 650 providers, and almost 70 organizations who support the Compassionate care Act, also launched a video series last week to draw attention to the needless suffering of patients across New York.

Speakers will include Dessa Bergen-Cico, PhD, Syracuse University; Gene Tinelli, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical Center; Melanie Martin, a local pharmacist; Donna Romano and Susan Rusinko of MS Resources of Central New York; Kathy Annable, parent and caregiver; and Julie Netherland, PhD Compassionate Care NY.

WHAT:  A MATTER OF COMPASSION: Medical Marijuana in New York State

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Check in 6:30 PM
Program at 7:00 PM

Barbagallo’s Restaurant
6344 East Molloy Road
East Syracuse, New York 13057

RSVP:  msrofcny@msrofcny.org

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  1. davidbecker2 on

    Donna I’ve gotten 26 nyc legislators to sponsor bills requiring education in pain care. That’s why I don’t believe the aforementioned legislators including libelous will do what is right for nyers
    Talk is cheap in politics especially in nys if proponents of medical marijuana would focus on the aforementioned we could pass medical marijuana

  2. Davidbecker2, I totally agree with you on the Senators you mentioned, except for Senator Libous. He is currently suffering from cancer and it’s been noted in the press that he would use medical cannabis if it were legal to do so. I would hope he’s changed his stance on the Compassionate Care Act for that reason alone, and am also hoping his colleagues recognize this. As for doctors needing education in pain care, I couldn’t agree more! The pharmaceutical industry does a great job in training them currently, doesn’t it?? (she said sarcastically) You’ve hit at a great point that those of us who are advocating for the Compassionate Care Act have found: it is all about education or RE-education. The beliefs from the Reefer Madness blitz have deep roots, in our legislators and our medical community. I’m holding out hope that the majority of health providers will return to being more patient-centric if we eliminate some of the brainwashing by Big Pharma and they get the education they need about the abundant medicinal value of cannabis. Please call the offices of the Senators you mentioned and tell them to pass the Compassionate Care Act NOW.

  3. davidbecker2 on

    The problem is with Skelos, Bonacic, Seward and Libous- you need to focus on them- especially Skelos. Skelos unlike even Kolb has done something close to nothing to improve pain care. Look and see how much the health care industry has contributed to his campaigns- the medical community in NYS is supporting mariuana to some degree because it will get them off the hook from being requirede to have education in pain care. The last thing doctors want is education in pain care-for then they would be held to a much higher standard of care for people in pain- and they would hate that. But frankly without education in pain care doctors in NYS will be making too many mistakes when it comes to mariuana- they will be like keystone cops.

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