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New York: Patients and Families Demand Emergency Access To Medical Marijuiana

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Abandoned by Cuomo, Families Turn to Legislature to Pass a Bipartisan Bill

Bill Would Create Emergency Access Program to Provide Relief to Critically Ill Patients, including Children with Epilepsy

Patients, family members, and advocates on Tuesday stood with legislators from both sides of the aisle in support of 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.

The bill, introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb in the Assembly and Senator Joseph Griffo in the Senate, comes almost exactly a year after the Legislature passed New York’s medical marijuana bill and almost 10 months after the Governor urged the Health Commissioner to do everything in his power to get medical marijuana to children suffering from life-threatening forms of epilepsy.

To date, not one patient has received medical marijuana, and at least four children, who might have benefitted from medical marijuana, have died since the bill was passed.

New York: Officials Join Patients, Families Supporting Emergency Medical Marijuana Access

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Abandoned by Cuomo, Families Turn to Legislature for Relief in Final Days of Legislative Session

Bill Would Create Emergency Access Program to Provide Relief to Suffering Children

Nearly a year since the medical marijuana law passed in New York in June 2014, patients and families will gather in Albany to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would create an emergency access program so that critically ill patients could access medical marijuana.

Since the law passed, not one patient has been able to access medical marijuana and at least four children from across New York State have tragically died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine.

In the final days of the legislative session, patients and advocates will gather in Albany to call on the New York Assembly and Senate to pass legislation that would create an emergency access program for patients with the most urgent need – including children suffering from severe epilepsy.

The bill – A.7060 (Gottfried) / S. 5086 (Griffo) – has bi-partisan support including, co-sponsor Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb. The bill is expected to pass the Assembly, and advocates are calling on the Senate to move swiftly to pass the bill before the end of the legislative session next week.

Compassionate Care NY will hold a Tuesday press conference urging passage of the bill, which is likely to be voted on by the full Assembly early this week.

What: Press conference on legislation to create emergency access to medical marijuana

Who:

-Representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance

New York: Bipartisan Legislation Introduced To Expedite Medical Marijuana Access

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Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb Join as Co-Sponsors

Patients & Families Rally in Albany to Demand Emergency Access Before More Loved Ones Die

Patients, family members and activists stood with legislators on Tuesday as they announced the introduction of Assembly bill A. 7060, which would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible. The bill, introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb, comes 298 days after Governor Cuomo signed the medical marijuana bill into law on July 5, and nine months after the Governor urged the Health Commissioner to do everything in his power to get medical marijuana to children suffering from life-threatening forms of epilepsy.

To date, not one patient has received any medical marijuana, and at least three children who might have benefitted from medical marijuana have died since the bill was passed.

“This bill would create emergency access to medical marijuana for patients with the most urgent needs – including children suffering from severe epilepsy,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the original medical marijuana bill. “Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and I introducing this bill shows the broad, bipartisan support for emergency access.

New York: Bill Would Create Emergency Access To Medical Marijuiana

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Patients & Families Hold Press Conference in Albany as Bill Reviewed by Assembly Health Committee

The 2014 limited medical marijuana law leaves many New Yorkers continuing to suffer from severe and debilitating conditions that could be made better by use of marijuana under medical supervision.

As the Compassionate Care Act (CCA) will not take effect until at least 2016, new legislation has been introduced to create an emergency access program for patients with the most urgent needs – including children suffering from severe epilepsy.

The new bill – A.7060 – is sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb.

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) will hold a press conference announcing the bill, which is also scheduled for a vote in the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

Press conference on the introduction of emergency medical marijuana legislation

Who:

• Patients

• Healthcare providers

• Representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance

• Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried

• Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb

Tuesday, April 28, 11 AM

Where: LCA Hallway (Assembly side)

NYS Capital

Assembly Health Committee meeting including emergency medical marijuana legislation

When:

Tuesday, April 28, at the call of the Speaker

(Meeting will be held off the floor)

Where:

Speaker’s conference room

342 Capital

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