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.