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Rally Held At Cuomo’s Office To Demand He Sign Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana Bill

new york governor andrew cuomo cannabisOne day before the deadline for Governor Cuomo to sign or veto a bill that would create emergency access to medical marijuana, patients and advocates will rally outside his office to demand action. Since the medical marijuana law passed a year ago, not one patient in New York has been able to access medical marijuana and at least four children, who could have likely benefited from it, have tragically died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine. The emergency access bill was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the New York State legislature last June and delivered to Governor Cuomo on October 30th. He has ten days to sign or veto the bill, making the deadline for action November 11th.

Compassionate Care NY will hold a press conference urging Governor Cuomo to sign the emergency access bill.

What: Press conference and rally urging Cuomo to sign a bill to create emergency access to medical marijuana

Who:

  • Representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance
  • Missy Miller, mother of a child with a severe seizure disorder
  • Reginald Brown, person living with HIV/AIDS
  • Wanda Hernandez, person living with HIV/AIDS

When: Tuesday, November 10th, 10:00 AM

Where: Outside Governor Cuomo’s NYC Offices; 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY

Since last July, advocates have been pressuring the Cuomo Administration to create an interim emergency access program for patients who may not survive the eighteen months or longer that the Governor has said he needs to get the full medical marijuana program up and running. After the Governor’s Office failed to take action, advocates turned to the legislature.

“We’ve been waiting an outrageous 15 months for expedited access to medical marijuana,” said Missy Miller of Atlantic Beach, whose son Oliver suffers from life-threatening seizures. “Every day we wait is a day I watch my son lose ground. We can’t afford any more delays. And delays seem likely considering I have not heard even one word about how to register my son for this program and many of the dispensaries are having difficulties securing their sites. Governor Cuomo should finally do the right thing and sign the bill so families like mine can get long awaited help.”

In June, with overwhelming bipartisan support, both houses of the legislature passed A.7060 (Gottfried) / S.5086 (Griffo), a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible. It also instructs the state to issue patient cards to critically ill patients who qualify as soon as possible making it clear that they are medical marijuana patients and affording them some protection from law enforcement and child protective services. On Tuesday, advocates will rally outside the Governor’s office to urge him to sign the bill or take other action to help patients in desperate need.

New York’s medical marijuana program is slated to become operational in January of 2016, but the state has yet to launch a system for patients to register and just unveiled the mandatory doctor training in mid-October. Advocates have expressed concern that too few doctors will be trained and too few patients able to register in time to take advantage of the program come January. The emergency access bill would afford the Department of Health additional tools to expedite access to the critically ill in case of delays.

“With less than three months to go before New York’s medical marijuana program is slated to roll out, I’m really concerned that there could be delays in the program,” said Maryanne Houser of Suffern. “My daughter Amanda has been waiting since July of 2014 when she stood next to Governor Cuomo at the bill signing and he promised to help her. He can help her now by signing the emergency access bill.”

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  • Jordan Shorette

    Governor Droopy will cave

  • Closet Warrior

    What an uncaring fear monger. Other names come to mind but I’ll take the high road- nah fuck it- he’s a douschebag

    • saynotohypocrisy

      He’s sadistic fascist scum

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    New York is such a mess. Still, according to NY Senator Diane Savino, a key supporter of the 2014 Compassionate Care Act (CCA), Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature on the “emergency access” bill will basically do nothing but complicate the process–and perhaps further delay CCA implementation. Many other passionate advocates, including Christine Emerson from Rochester and Melissa Hilt from East Greenbush, are also on record in strong opposition to the pending bill. What will Cuomo’s signature on the bill actually do–make medical cannabis products suddenly appear out of thin air? Can Cuomo make the cannabis plants that are already growing legally in 5 locations statewide somehow grow faster? Is Cuomo expected to import cannabis products from other states, which has been explicitly prohibited by the feds? Is Cuomo supposed to utilize the hundreds of pounds of seized cannabis flowers in New York State Police storage rooms, none of which have been tested for safety and purity, etc.?

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Well he could have the seized weed tested on an emergency basis, and he could beg the feds to make an exemption from the interstate prohibition. But he seems to like the idea of children dying from epilepsy.

      • Lawrence Goodwin

        Cuomo, through NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, already did “beg the feds” in August 2014 to import such products. The feds denied the request. Look it up. No one, not even drug warrior Cuomo, likes the idea of kids with seizures dying without safe and legal access to medical cannabis–and this issue, by the way, is SO much bigger than the little ones. There are hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, PTSD, chronic pain, etc. who deserve just as much legal access, unobstructed by hysterical state and local officials. I give Cuomo some credit for signing the CCA at all, which will at least allow NYers to start gaining access to medical cannabis again, in just a few months, after DECADES of tyranny that prevented them from doing so.

        • saynotohypocrisy

          If begging didn’t work, he should have tried demanding. You don’t sit idly by while children are dying, and there’s a chance to prevent it. When it came down to it, he should have defied federal law and got it from another state. That would be leadership. Laws that tell little children to drop dead NEED to be defied.
          The seized pot wouldn’t have helped the children with epilepsy, but it could have saved many others from unnecessary suffering.
          I’m not giving Cuomo ANY credit, he only signed the very flawed, limited bill because the political pressure on him became unbearable. It would have harmed HIS political clout if he hadn’t signed it, that’s all Dracula cared about.

          • Lawrence Goodwin

            The fraudulent anti-“marihuana” laws “that tell children to drop dead,” as well as American adults, were first passed in the 1930s, long before current NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo was even born. They were solidified under the corrupt administration of President Richard Nixon, who signed the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, when Cuomo was just a young man. Cuomo DOES deserve credit for wielding the governor’s pen as a means to START reversing 78 years of anti-marihuana tyranny and hypocrisy.

          • saynotohypocrisy

            His reasons for doing it were 100% selfish. It’s people like you and Savino who deserve the credit, not piglet, you forced him to do it.

        • saynotohypocrisy

          “No one, not even drug warrior Cuomo, likes the idea of kids with seizures dying without safe and legal access to medical cannabis”

          You’re judging him by his assumed emotions, I’m judging him by what counts, his known actions. Actions show what matters to you, emotions are cheap and mean nothing if they don’t lead to action..

          • Lawrence Goodwin

            These are Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “known actions” in regards to signing the Compassionate Care Act in July 2014: Since it was an amendment to NY’s Public Health Law as well as its criminal code, Cuomo recruited a pediatrician, Dr. Howard Zucker (later confirmed as NY health commissioner), and NY State Police Sup. Joseph D’Amico to advise on the best design for the law. New York’s current, severely restrictive medical cannabis law (no smoking of dried flower, only 5 growers and 20 dispensaries, etc.) is more the result of Zucker’s and D’Amico’s advice than “Dracula’s” cold hearted political calculations. Again, read about Sen. Diane Savino’s opposition to the pending “emergency access” bill; or go to the NYS Health Dept. website and read for yourself the TWO letters Zucker wrote–on Aug. 13 and Sept. 26, 2014–to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, on behalf of Cuomo, literally begging the feds to allow importation of non-smokable cannabidiol (CBD) products from other states. “This is an extremely important issue to us and it will help many children and young adults. As a pediatrician myself, I cannot urge you enough to consider this exception to the present law as we all only want the best for these young patients,” Zucker wrote. Holder DENIED both requests, and just like Savino says, it will practically guarantee YEARS of delay in Compassionate Care Act implementation for Cuomo to defy the feds and do it anyway. Is that what you want?

          • saynotohypocrisy

            If it wouldn’t be wise to publicly defy the Drug War Gestapo in Washington DC, obtaining the necessary medicine could have been done quietly and privately. You don’t take no for an answer when children’s lives are at stake.

      • Lawrence Goodwin

        p.s. It’s also preposterous to think that ANY of the seized cannabis flowers in NY State Police custody are high in non-psychoactive cannabidiol, the compound famed for its anti-seizure properties, and low in psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol.

      • MrBudWyzer

        If an average person was found directly accountable for the deaths of 4 children…just guess where’d they would be…Cuomo has to be voted out this next round no matter who the opposition is…

  • AntiIgnorant

    Legalize the plant!!!!!!!

  • AntiIgnorant

    Trying again to prevent the link block.

    It is absolutely absurd that medical cannabis is not available worldwide.

    I thought you might be interested in checking out the video of an Ex NFL player. He stated the exact reason I stopped taking pharmaceuticals for insomnia. This amazes me that he and I had the exact same reaction. This is why I chose cannabis as an alternative. Apparently, I am not alone.

    “I couldn’t be around a knife in my kitchen without having an urge to stab someone, including my wife and kids,” he says.

    http://www . maxim . com/entertainment/sports/article/nfl-medical-marijuana-testimonial-2015-11

    I stopped pharmaceuticals for insomnia the same day I had this reaction. Pharmaceuticals are DANGEROUS and cannabis is such a safer alternative. The system is so corrupt… all to save the economy they’ve built around the war on drugs. The DEA is criminal… absolutely criminal.