New York Medical Marijuana Bill Needs Your Support!

Discussion in 'Marijuana News' started by RMJL, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. We are pleased to announce that A.5796, a bill to legally protect
    medical marijuana patients, has been introduced in the New York Legislature.
    (See story below) Now is the time to contact your state legislators and urge
    them to support this important piece of legislation.

    This bill will help to ensure that medical marijuana patients in New York
    will no longer have to fear arrest or prosecution from state law
    enforcement. However, it will only receive serious consideration if the
    elected officials in New York hear an unmistakable message of support from
    their constituents. Please take two minutes of your time to write your state
    legislators and tell them how important it is that they support medical
    marijuana. National NORML has created pre-written letters that you can send
    to your legislators by visiting:

    Thanks - Please forward this to everyone you know in NY - Peoples lives depend
    on it. Send an e-mail and print out the letter and send it. It is not that
    much time or effort. It is time we stand up for the sick. Thanks and will keep
    you posted. Let doctors decide, not politicians.

    New Paltz NORML / SSDP

    The Albany "Times-Union":

    Albany-- Measure that would grant seriously ill patients right to smoke pot lacks sponsor in Senate

    By ELIZABETH BENJAMIN, Capitol bureau
    First published: Thursday, March 6, 2003

    The legislation, introduced Friday by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried,
    D-Manhattan, would require doctors to certify that patients have a serious
    condition and could benefit from the use of marijuana, which would allow them
    to receive a month's supply of pot from organizations authorized by the state
    Health Department to grow and distribute it
    "This ought to be a medical issue betweeen a patient and a patient's health
    care professional," said Gottfried, who chairs the Assembly Health Committee,
    where the bill is pending. "It should not be the business of the Legislature
    or the police department."

    Dierdre Scozzafava, a St. Lawrence County Republican, said she is supporting
    Gottfried's bill because "when you see first-hand people who suffer .... I
    think it's incumbent upon us to do what we can for them in a controlled
    environment." Asked whether she was referring to a personal experience,
    Scozzafava would not elaborate.

    While 28 Assembly members have signed onto the bill, it lacks a sponsor in
    the Republican-controlled Senate. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader
    Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, said he did not believe the chamber would take up
    the issue soon.

    Republican Gov. George Pataki has shown no enthusiasm for legalizing medical
    marijuana, and spokesman Joseph Conway on Wednesday reiterated the governor's
    position that the state Department of Health believes other alternatives
    provide similar benefits.

    In a poll conducted Jan. 23-26 by Zogby International for New Yorkers for
    Compassionate Care, a pro-medical marijuana group, 66 percent of respondents
    favored changing state law to allow seriously ill people to smoke pot. The
    poll included 834 likely voters statewide and had a margin of error of 3.5
    percentage points.

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