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Hear New York Senator Diane Savino Speak At The Upcoming 2015 Fall Regional Cannabis Business Summit

I have admired New York Senator Diane Savino from afar for awhile now. I of course live in Oregon, and have never traveled to New York, but I have seen Senator Diane Savino work very hard to legalize medical marijuana in New York. New York’s medical marijuana law is far from perfect, and I hope it’s improved upon soon, but achieving medical marijuana legalization in New York was not easy, and the fact that it happened is something that should be celebrated.

Below is a video of a very passionate speech that Diane Savino gave during the closing remarks for the debate over medical marijuana legalization in New York last year:

That is a speech that I watch often. The link to it on YouTube is saved on my favorites because I watch it so often. Indeed, many Americans have watched loved ones suffer, and have watched loved ones us pharmaceutical drugs that have robbed them of their last moments in life because they were in such a sedated state. People should be able to use medical marijuana if it helps them, and that’s something that Senator Savino has fought very hard for, and I tip my hat to her for her efforts.

As more and more states legalize medical marijuana in the Eastern region of the United States, I expect Diane Savino to be tapped for advice a lot. She has been through the process of fighting for legalization, and now will be involved with overseeing the medical marijuana industry in New York as it grows. She will no doubt fight to improve on the law over time as citizens and other politicians in New York see that medical marijuana is a good thing, and not anything like what opponents have tried very hard to make it out to be.

You can hear Diane Savino speak at the upcoming 2015 Fall Regional Cannabis Business Summit hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association in New York from September 21-23. The event is likely to sell out, so get your tickets sooner rather than later.

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  • PhDScientist

    Its urgent that action be taken at the federal level to remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 immediately.
    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    Thank you, Johnny Green and TWB, for the heads up. But millions of New Yorkers have solid reasons to remain skeptical. This lady, NY Senator Diane Savino, faced down arch enemies of the cannabis plant and did get the Compassionate Care Act (CCA) passed. Then Dictator, I mean, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped in to impose severe restrictions demanded by those same enemies. Ms. Savino only mentioned one such man in her speech, the notoriously stubborn, anti-cannabis chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Sen. Kemp Hannon (I can’t resist pointing out how a simple letter switch in his name gives us Hemp Kannon. A sweet, beautiful irony!). There’s also Senator John DeFrancisco from the Syracuse area, who is fully prepared to thwart all future attempts to “improve on the law over time,” as you say. Meanwhile, most likely while the National Cannabis Industry Association event is being held in Manhattan, helicopters will be up in the skies over many of New York’s rural areas literally hunting for cannabis plants. Then teams of federal, state and local law enforcement agents will conduct “raids” of private property to seize those plants, exactly as they do YEAR AFTER YEAR at massive taxpayer expense. Local newspapers and TV stations across NY blindly report from the police blotters as always, neglecting their most basic duty as journalists: asking questions like, Who were those plants hurting? How much do these anti-cannabis operations cost per day in New York? How much longer will this tyranny continue? Why do you not say ANYTHING about that, Senator Savino?

    • Johnny oneye

      The original bill included home grows.
      The rest of the bill was hacked to failure.
      N.Y. has die hard prohibitionist
      She’s not one of them

  • PhDScientist

    Its a shame that progress is so slow. This year, 1.6 MILLION Americans will be diagnosed with Cancer and half of them will eventually die of it — after suffering horribly.
    Every one of them deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.
    Every. Single. One.

    • Johnny oneye

      It’s #genocide

  • Johnny oneye

    Staten island accent!
    I like this woman, she is right about Fed rescheduling or de schedule
    #endprohibition