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New York: Officials Ignore Patients; Pursue Unworkable Medical Marijuana Program

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Advocates Say Final Regulations to Leave Thousands of Patients to Suffer Needlessly

Abandoned by Cuomo Administration, Critically Ill Patients and Families Vow to Return to the Legislature to Fix New York’s Broken Medical Marijuana Program

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday night released the final regulations for New York’s medical marijuana program. The announcement followed a period of public comment in which patients, families, experts, and industry professionals submitted more than a thousand letters and emails critiquing the proposed regulations for being too restrictive and unworkable.

In response to this incredible level of input from the public and private industry, the Department of Health made absolutely no substantive changes to the regulations. Instead, they made only handful of technical fixes, such as correcting typos, according to the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

Twenty-two other states have passed medical marijuana laws, five jurisdictions have passed laws taxing and regulating marijuana for adult use, and the federal government has made clear that they will not interfere with properly administered state marijuana programs. Despite this, the Cuomo Administration, in its response to the public comments, repeatedly uses federal laws as an excuse for inaction.

New York: With Clock Running Out, Patients and Caregivers Urge Passage of Medical Marijuana Law

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Last Day of the Legislative Session Arrives as Negotiations Between Governor, Senate and Assembly Continue

Patients & Families to Deliver Thousands of Signatures to Albany Leadership, Demanding Action: “Don’t Make Us Wait Another Year for Relief -- Bring the Bill to the Senate Floor Today!”

On what is scheduled to be the last day of New York’s legislative session, dozens of patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers will gather in Albany on Thursday to deliver thousands of petition signatures urging Governor Cuomo and Senate leaders to pass the Compassionate Care Act.

Although many are sick and disabled, they will travel from all over the state — New York City, Western New York, Long Island, and Central New York — to make final pleas to the Legislature to pass the Compassionate Care Act – A.6357-D (Gottfried) / S.4406-D (Savino) — before it’s too late. 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.

On Monday, more than 100 advocates rallied in Albany chanting “Pass the Compassionate Care Act” in the hopes that state lawmakers would hear their cries for compassion. The Governor, bill sponsors, and leadership in both houses are still negotiating to try and reach agreement on the bill.

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