As End of Session Nears, Patients, Families and Advocates Push Senate and Cuomo to Finally Pass Compassionate Care Act
Healthcare Providers Travel to Albany to Demonstrate Support for Medical Marijuana
Healthcare professionals and patients on Tuesday continued their response to Governor Cuomo’s demands on medical marijuana. Patients and healthcare professionals are gathering in Albany to push lawmakers to vote on the Compassionate Care Act, and healthcare professionals who couldn’t travel to Albany issued strong statements in support of the bill.
The Compassionate Care Act would create the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana program and allow patients with serious and debilitating conditions to access a small amount of marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider. The action and statements come just a day after Governor Cuomo issued a series of last minute demands to amend the bill, some of which are considered “poison pills” by patients, caregivers and providers.
Even though Cuomo broke off negotiations around the bill, the bill sponsors, Sen. Savino and Assm. Gottfried, amended the legislation to account for many of the Governor’s concerns.
Patients and healthcare providers are outraged by Governor Cuomo’s attempt to derail the legislation. Providers were particularly disturbed by Cuomo’s claims that the bill had little support from the medical community.