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††Legislation Proposed To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Posted by CN Staff on February 03, 2010 at 05:54:06 PT
By Elizabeth Gyori†
Source: Washington Square News†

New York -- Medical marijuana may be coming to New York soon. A bill to legalize the possession and use of the drug was recently proposed by New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and is being pushed by supporters of legalization.The bill stipulates that distribution will only be allowed by licensed entities under the supervision of the New York State Department of Health and will be limited to two and a half ounces.
Despite these measures, opponents claim the bill would send the wrong message to the public."There is nothing medicinal in marijuana," Shaun Marie of the New York Conservative Party said.But according to the Marijuana Policy Project, medical marijuana can relieve symptoms such as nausea, muscle spasms, appetite loss and pain associated with many illnesses. The group stressed that this bill is not about the recreational smoker."It's about chronically ill patients being allowed to use the medicine that they feel works best for them without having to fear being arrested or being thrown into jail," Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Kurt Gardinier said.Citing that "the benefits of medicinal marijuana have been supported by clinical research," the New York State Nurses Association said "prescribers should have all drugs demonstrating any potential clinically effective results available for their use."But Marie does not believe that any medical need merits legalization."What illness is that critical?" Marie said. He also said the bill will "send the wrong message and make it more available in the streets."Marie cited California, where patients were given the right to cultivate marijuana collectively for medicinal use, as an example of how legalizing medical marijuana can go awry.Gardinier cited official state government surveys of teen drug use that found that no state with a medical marijuana law experienced an increase in youth marijuana use since the law's enactment."In fact, all medical marijuana states have reported overall decreases, many exceeding 50 percent in some age groups," Gardinier said.Some health care officials say the perception of marijuana has indeed changed since the legalization of medical marijuana has been discussed."Since medical marijuana has become a part of public discussion, deflecting many of the myths surrounding the dangers of marijuana [has occurred]," said Cindy Boester, director of health information management at the NYU Clinical Cancer Center.Supporters of the bill hope it will pass through the New York legislature this year and be signed into law."In the past, New York has had a great record of being on the leading edge of public health issues, so I am cautiously hopeful," Boester said.Elizabeth Gyori is a contributing writer.Source: Washington Square News (New York U, NY Edu)Author: Elizabeth GyoriPublished: February 3, 2010Copyright: 2010 Washington Square NewsContact: opinion nyunews.comWebsite: http://www.nyunews.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/h47LmDNQCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 

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Comment #12 posted by FoM on March 03, 2010 at 17:06:38 PT

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Comment #11 posted by FoM on March 03, 2010 at 17:05:04 PT

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Comment #10 posted by compassionate on March 03, 2010 at 16:39:29 PT

Thank you.
Just wanted to say 'Thanks' to CN Staff and FoM for consistantly presenting up-to-date news and comments. If it is in recent news, I know we can find it here.:)
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Comment #9 posted by compassionate on February 23, 2010 at 17:25:52 PT

Thank you for the kind welcome.
Hello Hope,
Thank you for the kind welcome."We tend to think of it more as 'conspiring..."I think folks can be helped by Cannabis, in accordance with NYS law.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on February 23, 2010 at 14:03:06 PT

New York MMJ Bill Passes Senate Health Committee
Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Senate Health CommitteeFebruary 23, 2010Albany -- The New York State Senate Health Committee passed the Senate's medical marijuana bill Tuesday, marking the second year in a row that the bill has gotten out of the Health Committee."We applaud the New York Senate Health Committee members for doing the right thing and taking this important step toward protecting sick and dying New Yorkers from arrest or jail," said Noah Mamber, legislative analyst for the medical marijuana project.This bill passed the Senate health committee in 2009, but stalled during the Senate leadership struggle.The medical marijuana bill looks to minimize the harm associated with marijuana by regulating it in a manner similar to alcohol.Copyright: 2010 wgrz.comURL: http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=74729&catid=13
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on February 22, 2010 at 19:58:41 PT

Compassionate
"I may be preaching to the choir here..."Nah. We tend to think of it more as 'conspiring with the choir'.Get it done, New York!
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on February 22, 2010 at 17:36:22 PT

compassionate
I believe people are starting to wake up. I really hope you can get medical marijuana in New York. I think it is one of the most important states to change the law.
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Comment #5 posted by compassionate on February 22, 2010 at 17:10:13 PT

Why Is Marijuana Illegal?
Thanks for the tip, FoM. Supporters need to stand up now.I may be preaching to the choir here, but Opposition to passage of bills A. 9016 and S. 4041-B from the Conservative Party is a smoke screen. They are on record to support for-profit drug companies, not taxpayers, and certainly not patients in need of relief. These are the same folks that filed to defeat two campaign finance reform bills. I hope Americans wake up soon.To discover Why Marijuana is Illegal, follow this factual link: http://www.drugwarrant.com/articles/why-is-marijuana-illegal/
Why Is Marijuana Illegal?
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 21, 2010 at 09:18:15 PT

compassionate 
Welcome to CNews and I'm glad you saw how to correct the broken link. Posting it in a comment won't break it if it's too long. To use the link url you can use like the tiny url and it will work. Good luck to you in New York.
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Comment #3 posted by compassionate on February 21, 2010 at 09:04:29 PT

Link to NY Times article-1980 Medical Cannabis Law
Link to NY Times article about 1980 Medical Cannabis Law:http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/20/nyregion/state-passed-the-law-but-never-used-it.html
State Passed the Bill, but Never Used It
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Comment #2 posted by compassionate on February 21, 2010 at 08:46:02 PT

In 1980, State Passed the Law, but Never Used It
Honest discussion about Medical use of the natural Cannabis plant is often clouded by elected officials trying to appear 'tough on crime'.But, let's remember who will benefit from passage of the bill: Medical patients hoping for relief from debilitating conditions.In 1980, the Legislature and Gov. Hugh L. Carey enacted a medical marijuana law in New York. But the law required that a state review board be set up to rule on doctorsí requests to prescribe marijuana, and one was never appointed.Please contact your NYS Senator, and ask them to support the compassionate use bills A. 9016 and S. 4041-B.
State Passed the Law, but Never Used It
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on February 06, 2010 at 00:13:34 PT

too cuteful!
http://www.raincitystory.com/flash/screenclean.swf
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