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New York: Another Child Dies Waiting For Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana

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Family’s Pleas for Relief for Little Donella Nocera Went Unheeded

Families, Advocates Call Upon Governor Cuomo to Immediately Help Suffering New Yorkers

Eight-year-old Donella Nocera of Niagra Falls died on Thursday while waiting for emergency access to medical marijuana to ease her end-of-life suffering.

Donella was fighting Stage 4 brain cancer. Her father, Nate, joined Compassionate Care NY from Donella’s bedside, fighting for emergency access for his daughter and pleading with Governor Cuomo to take action. This October, the Times-Union published Nate’s powerful op-ed about his fight to ease his daughter’s pain.

“More than five months after Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that was meant to bring vital treatment to our family, my daughter Donella is dead," said Nate Nocera. "Governor Cuomo, I know you cannot turn back time to get us the medical marijuana that could have slowed the aggressive growth of the tumor in her brain.

"I know you cannot give us back the days, turned into weeks, turned into months that we lost Donella to a narcotic-induced sleep," Nocera said. "But you have the power to end the needless suffering of so many New York families, and I urge you to use it.

Global: Voices Against Brain Cancer Partners With Spanish Cannabinoid Research Group

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The Cannabinoid Research Group of Complutense University in Madrid, Spain and Voices Against Brain Cancer, a U.S. foundation headquartered in New York, on Monday announced that a collaborative medical marijuana research alliance has been signed by both organizations.

The consideration of the benefits of marijuana and the compounds contained within the plant known as "cannabinoids" for medicinal purposes is currently a prominent subject matter in North America. In an effort to fast-track the propagation of accurate scientific based information on therapeutic opportunities incorporating cannabinoids, these two groups have formed an exclusive partnership in the United States.

"We have chosen Voices Against Brain Cancer to act as our voice in North America where they will support and herald our efforts," said Manuel Guzmán, chairman of The Cannabinoid Research Group. When asked about the research findings to date, Guzman noted that "published research clearly shows the anticancer action of cannabinoids impacting glioblastoma multiforma (GBM), and how chemotherapy results of tumor reduction are improved upon by adding cannabinoids as part of the treatment regimen."

"We have an obligation to remain open minded about where the cure for brain cancer will come from," said Michael Klipper, chairman of Voices Against Brain Cancer. "Manuel Guzmán and his research team are world class leaders in the clinical research of cannabinoids and cancer."

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