April 15, 2013
Albany NY – On Tuesday, April 16, medical professionals and patient advocates will join Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senator Diane J. Savino in support of legislation allowing patients with severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions to be treated with medical marijuana.
The bill, A.6357/S.4406, allows for use of marijuana under medical supervision to treat severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Under the comprehensive, tightly-drafted bill, the NYS Department of Health would certify and regulate the production and dispensing of medical marijuana, with additional oversight under the I-STOP prescription monitoring system enacted in 2012. Additionally, 50% of the revenues generated by an excise tax on manufacturing and distribution would be shared with county governments.
A.6357/S.4406 is sponsored by 70 Assembly Members and Senators. It is scheduled for consideration by the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday, April 16 at 9:30 AM. A 2012 Siena poll found that a strong majority of New Yorkers support medical marijuana, 61%-33%, including 69%-27% among independent voters.