Could New York State Legalize Medical Marijuana?

07/29/2011 9:49 AM |

Um, hello, its a public health issue
  • “Um, hello, it’s a public health issue”

State Senator Diane J. Savino (a Democrat representing Sunset Park, Coney Island, Bensonhurst and part of Staten Island) doesn’t want New York to fall behind the Garden State. Now that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has green-lighted his state’s medical marijuana program—stalled for over a year after it was signed into law by his predecessor—she has co-sponsored medical marijuana legislation in Albany, drawing on her own experience of losing both parents to cancer. We spoke to her over the phone about what medical marijuana in New York would look like, when we should expect a corner Canna-bakery, and whether she’d take a blunt, bong, bowl or brownie.

Why sponsor such legislation now? Is it just becoming politically feasible?
Well, it’s always been important to me. It’s one of the issues that when I got to legislature—I didn’t spearhead this. It was already something being pushed by Senator Tom Duane and Assemblyman Gottfried and I immediately saw the wisdom of this bill and I signed on as a co-sponsor. And, for the first couple of years there was almost no activity on it because, you know, there are still a lot of misconceptions about marijuana. Certainly there’s a tremendous amount of misconceptions about addiction still, to this day, that continue to criminalize behavior, which, you know, hasn’t really turned the tide of drug abuse. But, what makes this more possible and more feasible now is that other states have done it. And New York sometimes is a leader; sometimes it’s a follower; sometimes we’re in the middle. We tend to be somewhere in the middle on this issue.

As you know probably from your research, a couple of other states have already adopted a medical marijuana program, and I think what made it really jump to the forefront is when New Jersey signed it, allowing it to go foreword. Chris Christie is, by anybody’s definition, one of the most conservative governors in the country, both fiscally and on social policy. And, Andrew Cuomo is still a Democrat—a little fiscally conservative, but still a Democrat. And on social-justice issues, he is far more progressive than his neighbor to the west. So to see Chris Christie, who, it’s not in his interest really, politically, to support this issue, say that it’s the right thing to do, kind of gives us the impetus that we might need now to kind of push New York foreword. And so, when he announced it, I immediately jumped on it and said, “congratulations, New Jersey”—something I never thought I’d do. It’s time for New York to set aside our misconceptions and our fear about what this can lead to, and let’s look at it for what it is, a public health policy, a humanitarian policy that will allow people who are chronically ill, terminally ill, who are in constant pain, for whom traditional medicine is not working, to have another option. And this would provide that option.

You mentioned misconceptions. Federal agencies, including the DEA, have steadfastly denied any medicinal benefits from marijuana.
Well, you know, when you’re talking about a law enforcement agency—and the DEA is a law enforcement agency, first and foremost—their concern is, of course, over keeping illegal drugs off the streets because of the social impact of the “war on drugs”—or, the “war against drugs,” whatever—and that’s their concern, and they’re right to be concerned about that. But morphine is far more addictive than marijuana and, in fact, most medical scientists will tell you that marijuana in and of itself is not an addictive substance. Morphine is. Oxycontin is tremendously addictive, almost instantaneously to people. Vicodin is addictive. What’s the difference between these two [classes of] drugs? One is dispensed by a pharmacy and one isn’t. But if marijuana has a more palliative treatment to people, why would we not figure out a way to control the distribution of it, the way that we attempt to control the distribution of other controlled substances?

And I think it also depends on what we’re trying to accomplish. If the purpose behind providing medical treatment to somebody to alleviate their pain is to put them in a comatose state, almost, so that they’re unaware of their pain, well then morphine is the drug for you, you know, or Oxycontin is the drug for you, if that’s what you want. If you want a sedative effect and dull the pain, there you go. But it also robs people of whatever quality of life they have left. Marijuana will not do that. We do know that it eases anxiety and it also stimulates your appetite—for people who are on chemotherapy that’s even more important. For people who’s quality of life has diminished tremendously, this could help alleviate their pain, alleviate their symptoms, stimulate their appetites and still allow them to be part of the world that surrounds them, for however long they have.

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So what are going to be some of the biggest challenges in moving this legislation foreword? Are there moneyed interests at play? The pharmaceutical companies?
Well, I’m not really sure. Up until now, they’ve never really taken a position on this. And I think if it moved foreword, they would probably look to be a company that could manufacture and distribute it. I don’t think the objection is going to come from the pharmaceutical industry. They will make whatever it is that the law will allow them to distribute. Opposition will come from people who completely misunderstand what medical marijuana would be used for. The drug-addiction and drug-treatment facilities, they have some concern about it, and rightfully so because they deal with the impact of drug addiction everyday. Their concern is justifiable, but again, they would never stand in the way of a cancer patient being given a prescription for morphine. So if you are a recovering addict, when you’re in chronic pain, there’s not a drug treatment program in the world that would say you can’t avail yourself of what modern science will grant you in an effort to alleviate your pain. People should start looking at medical marijuana as another medication that’s available to patients. Stop looking at it as a drug and look at it for what it could be. At the end of the day, they’re all drugs.

If this legislation passes, will Brooklyn look like Berkeley?
No, I think one of the arguments is that the California model has been still problematic. We don’t need to replicate what’s out in California. Like I said earlier, there are 21 states that have adopted this. We should look at the best practices and adopt them here in New York. This bill that Senator Duane introduced and I’m co-sponsoring, we would have the most conservative medical marijuana program in the country.

What does that mean?
The plan that would be designed under this particular bill would have the most restrictions on the distribution, on who would have access to it, how it gets dispensed, how often it gets dispensed. It’s far more restrictive than other states.

So you’re planning on restricting the amount of dispensaries? Are you zoning it to particular neighborhoods?
It would be restricted: who gets to manufacture it, how it gets delivered, the transfer of it, and the transportation of it. There would be a very conservative approach to it, much different than California’s.

What about who actually writes the prescriptions? Would it be any doctor?
Obviously we wouldn’t want dentists prescribing it. There has to be some connection between the underlying medical condition and the physician who’s prescribing it.

I had a root canal once that was pretty painful. Why not a dentist?
Because that’s not a chronic medical condition, and that’s what we’re talking about. We’re not talking about episodic incidents. It’s not pain that comes about because of a particular illness or an occurrence in your life that is going to be gone in a few days. It wouldn’t be utilized for that. We’re talking about people who are suffering from chronic, debilitating pain from either things like MS, people who are terminally ill, people that are going to be in this condition of pain in perpetuity.

OK, but how do you justify a cancer patient being able to spark up to alleviate pain but not someone suffering from a more common ailment like a migraine, which can also be chronic?
Well, migraines can stop, and I think that’s what people also are not quite getting. It’s that there are some conditions that create pain in a person’s life that are totally responsive to traditional medical intervention, like aspirin. You wouldn’t give somebody who suffers from the occasional headache a controlled substance. You would tell them: first you start with Tylenol. If Tylenol doesn’t work, you go to Advil. That’s the kind of method doctors use to prescribe medication that people need. So you wouldn’t need to smoke marijuana everyday. People who suffer from migraines don’t suffer from them on a daily basis. Nor is it going to be a situation that their lives are so debilitated, or their life is going to be shortened as a result of it. And, we also assume that doctors and patients are going to make this decision together, deciding what is the best medication, after having tried it. I don’t believe anybody thinks that doctors are going to immediately jump to prescribing medical marijuana. That’s not how physicians operate now.

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You were talking about aspirin and Tylenol and these over-the-counter medications that have side effects like internal bleeding and liver damage…
If you take them in huge quantities! If you’re allergic to aspirin, you wouldn’t take it. If you’re allergic to acetaminophen, you wouldn’t take it. The point I’m trying to make is that there’re some conditions that are chronic and debilitating on a continuous basis and some that are episodic incidents that would not trigger the utilization of marijuana. That would not be what the purpose would be for, any more than an episodic illness would not trigger the prescribing of morphine or Oxycontin or Vicodin.

If the legislation moved forward, what kind of safeguards are you prepared to provide for registered medical marijuana patients and dispensaries in the state of New York that would be under risk of being raided by the DEA, as we’ve seen happen in California?
In Jersey that was one of the things that convinced Governor Christie that they could move foreword. They’ve been given assurances that the medical marijuana program, people who participate in it, doctors, patients, dispensaries would not be subject to federal restrictions on marijuana, that they would not be treated as drug runners. We would anticipate the same thing here in New York. We have no reason to believe that we would be treated any differently than New Jersey, California or the other 20 states.

When Obama came into office, he called to end the DEA raids on dispensaries that are operating legally under state law, but they’ve still continued over the past few years.
Well, if that were to happen, then, New York state—we have an Attorney General who would represent New York.

Would he represent the patients, the dispensaries though?
Any time there is a conflict between the state and federal government, there’s a method to the removal of those issues, and it’s called the court system.

What I’m asking, is the state prepared to step in for these patients?
Well, it’s hard to say since we haven’t enacted the legislation yet. It hasn’t been adopted, it hasn’t been tried by the government, we don’t have a plan yet. But if New York state, if we move to do this, and the government would assign it, then the state of New York would take every effort to protect its citizens from being prosecuted by the federal government for something that is legal in New York. As we saw this week, the attorney general of New York state had filed suit against the federal government on the Defense of Marriage Act because right now in New York state same-sex marriage is legal. So I would imagine we would take the same approach with marijuana.

An enormous amount of marijuana consumed for any reason in New York today is imported from “legal” growers in California. Is this legislation conservative enough to protect against this kind of black market from developing here?
Well, we think we are, but you know, the black market on drugs has been there since prohibition. So, all we can do is develop a plan that we think serves the intent of the legislation, which is to provide another form of palliative treatment for people who are chronically suffering from pain that they can’t currently achieve with drugs that are available. Even if we legalize it in every state, you may still run into a problem with a black-market drug trade. There is a tremendous amount of profit to be made, because again, not everybody is going to be eligible for this drug. That doesn’t mean people aren’t going to try and buy it. We can’t anticipate everything, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t move forward with the plan.

You keep bringing up chronic pain. What about psychological ailments?
I don’t believe that would be an appropriate use of it. We have psychotropic drugs already for people that deal with psychological illnesses. I’ve never heard of one that causes pain, though.

You were talking about this “comatose” feeling before. There are plenty of people walking around on anti-depressants and anti-psychotics that are virtually comatose, like zombies.
No, no, no. I didn’t say that. I said morphine, Oxycontin, all of those drugs, what they do is they have a sedative effect on people robbing them of whatever quality of life they have. So if you’re in so much pain physically that the only thing that you can take that helps alleviate that pain also renders you in a sedative state. What quality of life are you getting from that? What type of life can you have? Right now, that’s the only thing that’s available.

Who is ultimately making these distinctions? Is it the legislature? The doctor and the patient?
It’s a combination.

But physical is okay, psychological is not?
We’ve had consultations with doctors, with pain management specialists, looking at what’s been done in other states…

Basically, this is the early stage and those are practical matters to be dealt with?
Sure.

What would be your pick from the future, friendly neighborhood dispensary? Blunt, bong, bowl or brownie?
Me? I’d probably want a brownie.

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  • We don’t need a doctor to prescribe it here in NY. Anyone who wants it now can easily get it…so you lawmakers are wasting your time. We NY’ers are already toking up regardless of laws, so go f%$k yourselves!

  • lets stop being stupid, TOTAL LEGALIZATION since no one has to right to keep you from growing a plant and using it the way you want NO ONE HAS THAT RIGHT, the street didnt wait for you to wake up stupid politician, Now stop putting our bro in prison for such ridiculous reason, for YOU should be the one in Jail for your war crimes against humanity

  • Cannabis was legal in New York up until 1937, During the 1920s New York held the worlds fair.. People used to come from around the world for this event.. They would go to some of the over 2000 hash houses and get High (Medicated) before going on the rides and eating the food..
    William Randolph Hearst and DuPont saw Rudolph Von diesels new motor being displayed the diesel motor.. The diesel motor was to run off bio-fuel.Hemp,corn,Pig waste… Von Diesel mysteriously vanished a short time later while crossing the English channel..Coincidence I think not… Cannabis can feed, fuel, clothe,shelter and provide a medicine that can heal your heart, mind, body and soul… What do you think the kings of the Earth would do to keep you from being independently and economically free from all forms of Government? Wage war against a plant?

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  • The War on Drugs is even less effective than Prohibition. But, Prohibition was repealed in a few years. We’re past Forty years on this so-called war on drugs that was initially pushed by Henry Anslinger, who was pushing morphine to you know who. I call that irony. Their logic, the black man taking their women when they had consumed the demon weed. I call bull on that.

    We have to make a stand and “Just say “NO MORE””. I don’t know about the rest of society, but I’m tired of being looked at as a criminal just because I’m still breathing.

    I do want to acknowledge the cities and states who have stood up to the fed and said no, this plant helps people and we don’t really have any evidence that it leads to harder drugs, unless it’s bought from the black market where many things may be pushed on people. That there is your problem.

    Grow up, delist marijuana and move on. I’m certain that you’ve got better things to pester.

  • The War on Drugs failed $1 Trillion ago! This money could have been used for outreach programs to clean up the bad end of drug abuse by providing free HIV testing, free rehab, and clean needles. Harmless drugs like marijuana could be legalized to help boost our damaged economy. Cannabis can provide hemp for countless natural recourses and the tax revenue from sales alone would pull every state in our country out of the red! Vote Teapot, PASS IT, and legalize it. Voice you opinion with the movement and read more on my artist

  • The only responsibility that the State has to a wannabe dispensary operator is to clearly and without any ambiguity make certain that he understands that the State of New York can’t protect him from Federal law. It’s none of the State’s business if someone knowingly decides to take the risk of violating Federal law, and I base that opinion on court cases I’ve read and SCOTUS rulings dating back to the days of the 18th Amendment.
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    Hey b0utch, are certain that New York was one of only two States which hadn’t criminalized cannabis before the Feds passed the unconstitutional Marihuana Tax Act of 1937? I really am dying to know the name of those two States. You did know that 46 of 48 States had already criminalized it by the time the Feds got around to it, right? California was first in 1913, and ironically there was an exception for medicinal cannabis in that law. But given New York’s legislative history vis a vis drinking alcohol prohibition it doesn’t seem unreasonable that New York was one of the two. As a matter of fact New York’s repeal of all State level prohibition laws in 1921 is why we know how Federal law would interact with State law if the State decides it’s not interested in further promotion of the epic failure of public policy which we call the war on (some) drugs.

    Gambino v United States of America 275 US 310 (1927). Mr. Gambino was arrested by agents of New York State and turned over to the Feds for prosecution under the National Prohibition Act because NYS had no laws against bootlegging and these particular agents had forgotten who funded their paychecks. Gosh it’s pretty cut and dried that the State not only can’t be compelled to enforce Federal law. To me it sure seems that the SCOTUS decision in Gambino says they’re not welcome to do so even if they volunteer. Mr. Gambino’s conviction was vacated because the NYS agents had no reason to detain him, because his actions were legal under State law.
    http://supreme.justia.com/us/275/310/

    County of San Diego v San Diego NORML (2008) is what helped form my opinion that it’s ludicrous to suppose that State employees can be prosecuted for making a list of names, issuing zoning regulations, creating ID cards and other such mundane administrative work as needs to be done for the State to implement this law.

  • “The War on Drugs is even less effective than Prohibition. But, Prohibition was repealed in a few years.”

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    Well you flunk History this semester. As a matter of fact, you get an F-. The first State level law against drinking alcohol was passed in Maine in 1851. That was repealed in 1856. The oldest State level prohibition law on the day the National Prohibition Act was adopted was Kansas, which had gone dry in 1881 going so far as to amend their State Constitution. The last State to repeal their drinking alcohol prohibition laws was Mississippi, and that wasn’t until 1966.

    But it’s still correct that the people looked at the mess they’d created with the fantasy that absolute prohibition was possible and admitted that they’d failed, and set out to figure out something that would work. Today those who promote the modern laws of prohibition simply will not admit that they have failed, and failed miserably. It doesn’t seem to matter that this proven failure isn’t hard to see at all. Still they’re determined to make our society endure this failure for decades and decades to come if people don’t come to their senses and had the idiots their walking papers.

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  • it’s my right as a human and american. I’m tired of the special interests and the rich dictating my life. i suffer from chronic migrains. i have a shoe box full of medicin but very few work and the side effects which include death out way the cause. But 1 or 2 hits off my bowl and my migrain is gone. Did God provide a natural cure for the things we would need? I think so but because someone wants to be rich lets take the risks of death. America your ass backwards and God help you!

  • They will legalize it eventually. It’s just a matter of time. Chicago is moving to allowing it, Los Angeles already has, Seattle just did. It’s only a matter of time. http://www.opendispensary.in

  • You bungholes in Albany are just missing out on your chance to balance the NY state budget by taxing the BUD. That is why this state is such a shithole. Assholes in Albany. TOKER; you got it right.

  • Grow America…. Grow New York. We will make this happen, time…. just a matter of time. People will be releived and people will understand. We are the people and this is our land.

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  • you see what the terminator did for the state of california and how he took care of the states deficit? look at americas credit approval rating and make your mind up about what needs to be done for this economy as a whole! the president cant get no support on any of the issues that can help stimulate the worth of our failing economy, and the big corporations are moving thier factories across seas to avoid taxes! small business cant take thier businesses across seas to earn an extra buck to continue to maintain and grow… whats the real problem here folks? what are the majority afraid of? weed is where its at now because of greed and you see the steps and efforts, along with the money they spend on thier so called war on drugs, the gov. use to eradicate it from the earth, even though you dont need ‘mans’ intervention to grow it! its natural… its not going anywhere so they might as well stop stalling the process of what everyone knows is going to eventually is going to happen…. the legalization and the decriminalization and taxation of marijuana in the in the good ol’ united states of america…! how many deaths are contributed to the use of marijuana? NONE…

  • I’ve smoked pot for years i don’t know about the chronic pain effects but its defiantly work for physiological problems like anxiety and depression. I suffer from extreme agoraphobia and its the only thing that helps me be a functional member of society, it just goes to show some people don’t know enough about pot they would probably prescribe it as a cure for stds if that’s what they believe but other people are right everyone in NYS already blazes up anyway so whats the point in making it illegal

  • What should we expect from New York State “leadership.” Another example of big-gov control and to Hell with the population and the populations wishes.

  • I am 60 years old and been under random testing since 1982. It sucks. I suffer from peripheral neuroma and severe arthritis. I am on so many prescribed drugs which will eventually kill me, but this sh$# government and drug corp. sleep together. The few times I was able to toke was the most pain free I have felt in years. My working days are coming to an end and I am going to grow it for medical purposes and enjoy a little piece of what’s left of my life. This intrusive government can kiss my butt. Keep up the good fight and lets make it happen.

  • Rep. Savino I take exception to your saying that you have never heard of a mental illness that causes pain. I am Bi-Polar and Boarderline and I can tell you that the pain I feel is very real and is alleviated by marijuana.
    I can function much better on marijuana than lithium and other drugs that dull intelligence and just take away any will to do anything constructive. I do not have that experience with marijuana. I can also tell you that severe depression causes very real physical pain. I do not use marijuana because it is illegal and I cannot find a steady supply of quality, regularly dosed marijuana. Leaving the psychiatric patients out would be cruel, our suffering is real and not just “in our heads”. You need to better educate yourself on the plight of the psychiatric patient before you count us out. I am truly appalled by your statement.

  • I’m 16, I suffer from depression, anxiety, and severe insomnia! I love to medicate with marijuana but I can’t get a steady supply of marijuana that I can trust and use for my problems but when I get to consume some good quality marijuana it helps me be a happier person, it helps me focus more on life and not be anxious about anything and I don’t puke when I smoke it. I puke every day and it is killing me!!! My anxiety has taken over my life and I have taken multiple prescription medications filled out by my doctor and none of them helped AT ALL! The only thing that has ever done any serious help is marijuana. I’m not complaining because I want to smoke every day i’m complaining because I can’t live a normal life and I would end up going to JAIL because I just want to live a normal life… Please NYS just legalize already it’s killing me and none of these medications are working I could really use some pot.

  • When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • this womans nuts!
    she has her own agenda, she wants medical cannabis for cancer patients and thats all. she dont want people with depression using it “because there are allready psycotropic pills to take for that”… or people with migranes…becuz “they go away”…holy fuck this broad is dumb. i think the first commenter said it best.. right now with out legalization,i can walk 2 houses down from my home and buy a gram or 100 grams of marijuana. ?? its so easy to get now that…why legalize? so the government gets there cut? fuck them what have they done for me????

  • allright new york get get off your butts and stop the suffering. im a hiv patient and suffering from loss of appite due to my illness and have been on marinol which is crap costing taxpayers 1.400.00 per month which does not help. legalize medical cannbis in nys and stop the suffering.

    wasting away in ny

  • 2 million per year
    are added to the list of sufferers of this BASAL CELL CARCINOMA. cannabis science inc
    has a cure. (cannabisscience.com) I stumbled upon this when looking for
    cannabis derived medication for PTSD that can be taken to state where
    mmj does not exist and i could take in the military as long as it did
    not contain thc or cbd. cannabisscience has one, and its non habit
    forming and doesnt even touch serotonin or dopamine in the brain
    compared to the rest of the poison pills the army wants to give me.
    ptsd put aside basal cell carcinoma has a huge wake and it would
    behoove the marijuana community to enlist thier help in the mmj
    movement. Having never smoked a joint in my life I am part of this
    movement just from the basal cell corner as well as the 2 million other
    sheep per year the goverment loves to blind. i have provided some links
    to better explain what i cannot

    * http://www.cannabisscience.com/news-a-media/breaking-news.html
    *http://www.phoenixtearsfoundation.com/foundation-members/ (dr robert melamede is the doctor leading the research)
    * Rick Simpson is the pioneer of this skin
    cancer treatment. In the early 2000s rick Simpson made the oil after
    getting skin cancer. He remembered hearing about a study from 1975 that
    THC killed skin cancer. He used the oil on his skin cancer and it cured
    it. Since then he has spent his life to distribute this medicine for
    FREE and spread the word about the cure.
    Watch “RUN FROM THE CURE” Rick Simpson’s story on discovering the cure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI
    *https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/blog/marijuana-medical-conditions/Cannabis-Oil-Cures-Skin-Cancer

    ***Chronic Future: Killing Cancer,The objective of the “Chronic Future” documentary is to tell
    the truth about the benefits of medical marijuana, the government
    cover-up, and through the power of the media, reverse the negative
    stigma and propaganda the government has instilled in the public since
    the 1930s. a film by
    Henry Miller and Cory Pritchard. It tells the story of the attempt by

    Arizona’s governor to close down medical marijuana dispensaries, and
    INTRODUCES PATIENT AFTER PATIENT, with debilitating ailments, where
    medical marijuana has successfully treated the disease. Cannabis
    Science’s CEO, Dr. Robert Melamede, was interviewed for the film about
    the success the company has seen with patients self-administering
    cannabis oil to their squamous cell carcinomas WITHIN THE LAST YEAR, and reducing their tumor
    burden, even apparently eradicating tumors as determined by biopsy.

    The film premiered April 5, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona, followed by 3
    showings per day. The first five showings were sold out, with the
    following ones close to sold out. Henry Miller states, “There were over
    3,500 people who showed up for tickets throughout the day. We got 3
    standing ovations for the very first showing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWBTrO2HmI4
    UNCLASSIFIED
    UNCLASSIFIED

  • These people are so dumb I liked the entire article until i read that they only want to legalize it for pain management. That literally made me almost yell at the screen. How misinformed and stupid can these politicians be? Marijuana is not only for pain relief its more for psychological then pain. There are very few strains with high cbd in them which is the pain relief ingredient. Like one of the questions said what about the people that have to take a hand full of pills every day for depression, insomnia, add, adhd, and all the other mental things that can go wrong with the brain that marijuana treats. If they plan on making it for pain relief only they might as well not even propose the bill its pointless and taking a big step back in what we have achieved for this plant that has the potential to make ill people’s lives worth living.

  • i say we quit yelling at them.. they are doing what we want, finally. and if you honestly dont like the laws, go to another state. almost half of them do this now, and colorado is soon legalizing it fully without a medical reason. i say sit back, toke up, and wait for it. dont be stupid and you wont go to jail for it..

  • We don’t need a doctor to prescribe it here in NY. Anyone who wants it now can easily get it…so you lawmakers are wasting your time. We NY’ers are already toking up regardless of laws, so go f%$k yourselves!
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    Well said. Its still illegal yet I could call up 4 or 5 ppl right now and get that high-dro shit Snoop Dog and Kottonmouth Kings are tokin on. Give me a break, 80% of all the people I know smoke on a weekly basis. I couldnt even sell the shit if I tried because everyone already knows where to find it. Why would a cancer patient go to a doctors office and wait in line when they can just walk across the street and get hydroponic chronic for 60 an 8th. Ill take my Skywalker Kush over generic brand commercial drugstore pot any day ;)

    ..and I smoke because anti-depression medicine never helped but mary jane DID. Prolly why I havent blown my brains out yet :P.

  • Not much to say so I want it to be legalized I smoke nd im godd it helps me get though my day nd help my pain
    So just do it..like really son.NY yall signed same sex marrige.blenchorne @facebook

  • how stupid can some people be the price of legalized marijuana will sky rocket causing more crime more shootings robberies an home invasions and car accidents and etc making pot legal doesnt make drug addicts get jobs to pay for it they will now rob from the growers and and distributers and pharmacies wake up and smell the roses people

  • well i take percerts and i smoke pot i think the pot does me better.The percert is more habit forming and i hate to depend on a pill then some smoke and my wife is hook on the pills and she eats them like m&ms