Medical Marijuana: New York Bill Passes Assembly Health Committee

The New York State Assembly's Committee on Health Thursday approved a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for patients suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. The bill now heads to the Assembly's Public Codes Committee.
NY medical marijuana campaign poster
The bill, A 7542, is sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, chair of the Health Committee. It would legalize the possession of up to 12 plants and two and a half ounces of marijuana by certified patients or their caregivers. The bill would direct the Department of Health to promulgate rules and regulations for registry ID cards. It would provide for "registered organizations," including hospitals, pharmacies, and nonprofit groups to grow, deliver, and sell medical marijuana to certified patients.

The bill does not list allowable diseases or conditions. Instead, it allows practitioners to recommend marijuana for "serious conditions," which it defines as "a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition or a condition associated with or a complication of such a condition, or its treatment."

"If a patient and their physician are in agreement that the most effective way of controlling their symptoms is marijuana, government should not stand in the way of treatment," said Gottfried. "It is cruel to turn end-stage patients into criminals when they are following what their doctors recommend for relief."

The first medical marijuana bill was introduced in New York in 1997.

Thirteen states currently allow for the medicinal use of marijuana. New Jersey should become the 14th state within the next week, and the District of Columbia will follow shortly after that. In New Jersey, a passed bill awaits the governor's signature, and in the District, Congress last month removed the ban on implementing the city's 1998 vote in favor of medical marijuana, but still has about three weeks of working days to reconsider.

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Last time I heard, the bill was a going away present to the dying.

Maybe people are realizing that suffering isn't ennobling after all.


Last time I heard, the bill was a going away present to the dying.

Maybe people are realizing that suffering isn't ennobling after all.

Since when do we withhold

Since when do we withhold medicine until the condition is chronic or life threatening?

I agree, withholding is a crime

Ask some of the pain management doctors! There have been many, sent to prison for giving their chronic pain patients adequate, proper, and compassionate treatment! But, most, go on denying the help, to their patients. Fear is only part of it. Ever consider your doctor ignorant? Malpractice, anyone?

Agree with last commentor

The most prominent disease condition in present-day society (US: 45,000,000 poor puffsuckers) that needs treatment with cannabis is CADA: Chronic Ambition Deficiency Anemia, alias Tobackgolosis.

Oh, Yeah?

It will never happen. I used to live in NYS and it is like a prison without bars. You do everything on the down-low!

ummmmm when

JUST asking when is the bill goin to senate?? what day will they vote for the medical marijuana bill for new york state ?? is it goin to be on any c-span ch. ?

I hope this is the real

I hope this is the real deal.......Ive been waiting so long

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