Legislation Has Broad Public Support
On Thursday, April 25, medical professionals and patient advocates will join Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, Senator Diane J. Savino, and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm 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 New York State 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 percent 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 passed the Assembly Health Committee by a vote of 21-4, including three of the Committee’s seven Republicans voting in favor.
A 2012 Siena poll found that a strong majority of New Yorkers support medical marijuana, 61 percent to 33 percent, including 69 percent to 27 percent among independent voters.
What: Press conference regarding medical marijuana legislation, A.6357/S.440
Who: Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, Senator Diane J. Savino, and NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm; patient advocates; and medical professionals
Where: City Hall steps, New York City
When: Thursday, April 25, 10 a.m.