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New York Officially Becomes 23rd Medical Marijuana State

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Patients, Caregivers and Healthcare Providers Thank Legislators and Governor, Immediately Turn Their Attention to Swift Implementation: “Patients Are Out of Time and Need Access Now”

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a medical marijuana bill into law, making New York the 23rd state to allow legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill patients. Patients, caregivers and healthcare providers are attending the bill signing ceremony at The New York Academy of Medicine, along with the bill sponsors, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried and Senator Diane Savino.

After years of advocacy and intense last minute negotiations between lawmakers, the bill passed on the final day of the legislative session with extraordinarily strong bipartisan support. New York is the second largest state in the nation

“Thanks to the bill sponsors and the Governor’s actions today, New York has joined twenty-two other states in creating safe and legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill patients,” said Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. “Patients in New York have been fighting for this for 18 years, and they have waited long enough. I urge the Governor to do everything within his power to insure that patients in New York can access medical marijuana as soon as possible."

New York Becomes 23rd Medical Marijuana State - But No Smoking

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Hope is On the Way for Thousands of Seriously Ill New Yorkers, Despite Flawed Bill

Patients, Caregivers and Healthcare Providers Praise Lawmakers and Vow to Fight for Improvements

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly on Friday passed a medical marijuana bill, making New York the 23rd state to create legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill patients. After days of tense negotiations, the bill was passed in the final hours of the legislative session on Friday.

Governor Cuomo has said he will sign the bill into law. The bill will provide relief for thousands of New York patients suffering from serious and debilitating conditions – such as cancer, MS, and epilepsy, by allowing the use of medical marijuana under the supervision of their physician.

Patients, caregivers and providers watched from the gallery as the Senate debated and then voted 49 to 10 in favor of the bill.

Late last week, Governor Cuomo announced a series of last-minute changes that he wanted to the bill. The bill’s sponsors, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried and Senator Diane Savino, worked tirelessly to accommodate the Governor’s concerns so that a deal could move forward.

New York: 100+ Patients and Advocates Travel To Albany To Urge Passage of Medical Marijuana Law

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Negotiations Between Senate, Assembly and Governor Continue as Deadline for Passage of Compassionate Care Act Approaches

Patients & Families Demand Action: “Don’t Make Us Wait Another Year for Relief!”

With only two days left in the legislative session, more than 100 patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers will gather in Albany for rallies urging Governor Cuomo and Senate leaders to pass the Compassionate Care Act before it's too late. They will travel from all over the state -- New York City, Western New York, Long Island, and Central New York -- to push the Legislature to pass the Compassionate Care Act -- A.6357-D (Gottfried) / S.4406-D (Savino) – before the end of legislative session on Thursday, June 19.

The bill would create one of the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs and allow seriously ill patients access to a small amount of marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.

Governor Cuomo on Monday issued a set of last minute demands related to the legislation, and lawmakers amended the bill to account for many of those concerns. But some of Cuomo’s demands were rejected as they would have made the program unworkable and leave thousands of patients to suffer needlessly.

The Governor, bill sponsors, and leadership in both houses are still negotiating to try and reach agreement on the bill. If an agreement is not reached this week, patients and families will be left to suffer another year.

New York: Gov. Cuomo Undermines Medical Marijuana; Makes Last-Minute Demands To Sink Bill

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For Years, Governor Ignored Pleas by Patients and Advocates to Work Together on Legislation

Outraged Patients and Families Demand Governor Stop Playing Politics With Peoples Lives; Senate Should Vote Immediately

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday leaked to the media his list of changes he wants made to New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana bill -– the Compassionate Care Act –- before he’ll support it. The full list of changes, which has been obtained by advocates, puzzlingly includes many demands already addressed in the current legislation.

Additionally, bill sponsors have already agreed to make a number of changes to satisfy the governor. But the list includes “poison pills”, like eliminating serious conditions, including Alzheimer’s, ALS, and muscular dystrophy, and preventing cancer patients and those living with HIV/AIDS from using medical marijuana to treat the side effects of their medications and chemotherapy, such as nausea, wasting, and pain associated with those treatments.

The Governor wants to eliminate post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury, conditions which affect veterans at high rates and for which medical marijuana is beneficial. Cuomo also wants to eliminate any timelines for implementation and add a sunset clause to the bill, despite the fact that the legislation already gives the governor nearly full control over the entire program.

New York: Third Republican State Senator Now Co-Sponsors Medical Marijuana Bill

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Republican Support for Medical Marijuana Builds After GOP-Led U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bipartisan Bill Directing Feds to Respect State Marijuana Laws

Patients, Families and Advocates Cheer Maziarz and New York Times Editorial, Travel to Albany Monday to Demand Vote in Senate Finance Committee

In a another strong sign of growing GOP support for medical marijuana, new York State Senate Vice President Pro Tempore George Maziarz (R-Lockport) has signed on as co-sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act ( S.4406-B (Savino)), which would allow eligible patients with serious and debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.

In February, Maziarz became one of the first Senate Republicans to publicly announce his support for the Compassionate Care Act along with Senators Grisanti and Robach. Since then then, they’ve been joined by O’Mara, Bonacic and Larkin, who also announced their support. Maziarz, the third-highest ranking member of the Senate Republicans, joins Sen. Robach and Grisanti as Republican a co-sponsor.

Patients, healthcare providers and advocates with the statewide Compassionate Care NY coalition praised Sen. Maziarz and called on Senate leadership to finally allow a vote on the measure.

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