Dec 052013
 December 5, 2013

New York medical marijuanaWestern NY Patients and Families Will Join Medical Experts in Calling on Legislature to Take Immediate Action to Pass Legislation

Buffalo – On Thursday, December 5th, 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.  They will travel from across Western and Central New York to demand that the New York State legislature pass the Compassionate Care Act — A.6357-A (Gottfried) / S.4406-A (Savino) — 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.

What: New York State Assembly Health Committee Hearing on the Compassionate Care Act, New York’s Medical Marijuana Bill

When: Thursday, December 5th at 10 AM

Location:

Common Council Chambers, 13th Fl
Buffalo City Hall
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY

Who (dozens of patient and providers, including):

  • Susan Rusinko, mother from Auburn, living with MS
  • Mark Williams, father of a son with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome from Lockport
  • Paige Figi, mother whose child with Dravet’s syndrome is being successfully treated with medical cannabis in Colorado   and was profiled in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary, Weed
  • Rev. Eugene Pierce, Buffalo NAACP and caregiver of a family members with MS
  • gabriel sayegh, Drug Policy Alliance

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.

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  • Sarijuana

    Meeting should have just started….lets send them prayers and positive vibes everyone! Don’t be a fatalist – do it!

  • thomassano27

    Thier only sound it now to get 25% tax, this was passed in ny for 4 yrs and vetod by the governor because he’s a douche, and doesn’t believe, I had a fleeting conversation with him about it at a Penn state Syracuse game at the carrier dome. He stated that he believed medical marijuana was a scam. Until he’s out ny state is going to be the last state because of ignorance and not to mention he was drinking a beer while saying this.

  • Rocko

    I would trade in the 150 narcotic painkillers the doctor gives me for Medical Marijuana in a min.I have 6 herniated discs in my back with stenosis,bone spurring,arthritis and scoliosis.I have kids so its kinda sketchy for me to smoke while its illegal because if I get caught with it in my house then they got to bring in cps Ill scar my kids for life with them watching me get arrested if there around.They need to just legalize it now and stop playing around!!!Please get this done!!!!

    • Dee Fleming

      I totally agree with you. I have the same diseases. And kids. Marijuana works for my pain and gives me freedom of movement. I also have fibromayalsia and I have no symptoms when I use it. I would say it was a cure for fibromayalsia.