Med Marijuana Bill Clears Major Hurdle In New York
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Med Marijuana Bill Clears Major Hurdle In New York
Posted by CN Staff on May 21, 2014 at 04:23:18 PT
 By Christopher Mathias
Source: Huffington Post
New York -- A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York cleared a major hurdle in Albany Tuesday as the Senate Health Committee passed the Compassionate Care Act by a slim, bipartisan vote of 9 to 8."This vote is an enormous milestone in our quest to bring safe and reliable medical marijuana treatment to patients all across our state," said the bill's sponsor, state Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), in a statement. "Today, the Senate has taken a decisive first step in moving this legislation forward."
Savino has said she has 40 votes in the senate, including from five Republicans, which is enough for the bill to pass if it comes to the floor for a vote. Tuesday's health committee decision puts the bill one big step closer to that happening.Last month, Savino amended the Compassionate Care Act to make it more agreeable to Republicans in the state Senate. reported that the new version of the bill would allow only those over 21 to smoke marijuana for medical purposes. Those under 21 would have to use alternative methods of ingesting cannabis, such as using oils. The new version also listed a specific set of illnesses for which medical marijuana could be prescribed.The Democrat-controlled state Assembly has repeatedly passed the Compassionate Care Act, only to have it stall in the Republican-controlled Senate. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has previously indicated that if the bill were to pass the both the Assembly and Senate, he would sign it.Now that the bill has passed in the health committee, it will move to the finance committee for a vote. If passed there, it will be brought to the Senate floor. Earlier this month, state Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos told reporters that "there’s a good possibility" the bill come to a full Senate vote before the end of June.Tuesday's vote gives advocates a glimmer of hope that the Compassionate Care Act could finally pass.“Thankfully, a majority in the Senate Health Committee voted today in support of compassion, science and common sense,” Gabriel Sayegh, state director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement. “Now it’s time for the full Senate and Assembly to vote on the Compassionate Care Act and send the bill to the Governor for his signature. New Yorkers living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and other serious and debilitating conditions should not have to wait any longer to get relief.”A February poll found that a supermajority of New Yorkers -- nearly 90 percent -- support legalized medical marijuana in the state.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Christopher MathiasPublished: May 20, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 21, 2014 at 08:58:28 PT
It's not whether we win or lose it is how we play the game. I have been told by different people I should be involved in politics and I say I could never do it. If you have the desire keep on trying.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on May 21, 2014 at 08:18:33 PT
My Dear Wife's Uncle Vern.
Known as the dentist to the stars due to his client list of A-list movies stars. He has several degrees in naturopathic medicine = much more. He lives in Glendale Calif. Uncle Vern is one of my greatest supporters and believes in me. He wrote this on my Facebook Timeline.
Paul Vernon Erwin: "What if"? no what if for you, you have the eternal spirit of what next, because you are a visionary. You can see beyond the present moment and know it is a preparation for something greater.
Living without blame, without excuses, without fear, without ... The box of familiar corners Many have chosen to live in. So we celebrate with you!" 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on May 21, 2014 at 07:16:46 PT
Thank you all for your well wishes.
Out off nine candidates I came in last. I have pissed off many an old timer around here I see. The power base around here is allergic to change and I was all about that. I will say this, it has been a good education for me. I got a lot of ideas out there and made friend in high places. And now that I know how to run I will run again in 2016. Maybe for congress? I will never be lying on my death bed wondering, "what if?". 
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