Bruno OKs Pot-Rx Bill

Bruno OKs Pot-Rx Bill
Posted by CN Staff on May 11, 2005 at 07:24:22 PT
By Fredric U. Dicker
Source: New York Post
Albany, N.Y. -- Talk-show host Montel Williams brought his crusade to legalize pot for medical purposes to the Capitol yesterday  and quickly picked up a powerful backer. Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R-Rensselaer) endorsed a first-ever Senate measure backing the plan after meeting with Williams.
Bruno said the time had come "to enact a medical marijuana law that allows the drug to be used in tightly controlled instances." Bruno, who described himself as "a cancer survivor" because of his recent treatment for prostate cancer, said he was "confident" an agreement on the measure would be reached with the Democrat-controlled Assembly. Williams, who was diagnosed with MS in 1999 and has used marijuana to relieve his suffering, lobbied dozens of lawmakers on behalf of the proposed legislation. "New York needs to act now to make marijuana legally available for medical use," said Williams. "Every day that we delay is another day of needless suffering for patients like me all across the state." The Senate legislation backed by Bruno would allow doctors to authorize patients to receive marijuana from hospitals, pharmacies, state and local health departments, and from specially approved not-for-profit organizations. The Assembly has approved similar measures in the past, but differences over control and access to the marijuana remain to be negotiated. Source: New York Post (NY)Author: Fredric U. DickerPublished: May 11, 2005Copyright: 2005 N.Y.P. Holdings, Inc.Contact: letters nypost.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:New Yorkers for Compassionate Care Divided Over Medical Marijuana Use Williams Pushes for Medicinal Marijuana Williams Opens Up about Med Marijuana 'Joint' Resolution 
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