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Assembly says High Time for Change in “Marihuana” Law

The marble halls of the State Capitol in Albany are echoing once again with debate on the scandalous topic of medicinal “marihuana,” as the Assembly passed a bill (89-52) in favor of allowing doctors to prescribe the drug to very sick patients who don’t respond well to currently legal pharmaceuticals. Currently, 12 states have medicinal marijuana laws on the books.

Under the new bill, patients would be legally allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of pot for treatment of chronic pain, for example, without threat of arrest. The State would also grant them the right to grow up to 12 plants for their own use.

Under the new bill, “the department of health would monitor such use and promulgate rules and regulations for registry identification cards; (and) provides for reports by the department of health to the governor and legislature on the medical use of marihuana.” (Interesting, how the current documents adopt the same antiquated spelling as the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937—not commonly used since Louis Armstrong was a young viper.)

As justification for a new law, the Assembly bill argues:

Thousands of New Yorkers have serious medical
conditions that may benefit from medical use of marijuana. The
National Academy of Sciences` Institute of Medicine concluded in a
1999 report that "nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety. . .all can
be mitigated by marijuana." Doctors and patients have documented that
marijuana can be an effective treatment - where other medications have
failed - for at least some patients who suffer from HIV/AIDS, cancer,
epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other life-threatening or
debilitating conditions. Although other drugs are more effective than
marijuana for some patients, the Institute of Medicine noted that
"there will likely always be a sub-population of patients who do not
respond well to other medications." Medical marihuana must be
available to those patients.

The bill received a “yes” vote from local NYS Assembly members Sam Hoyt and Crystal Peoples. A similar provision died on the Senate floor last year. If you’d like to read the bill for yourself, you can check it out…‘ere.

  • George Winfield

    Yo Buck,

    Any chance that they’ll up that amount for personal chronic pain usage? You whiteys give me a chronic pain in the ass and I need more than 2.5 oz. Ah’ma grow me a whole FOREST when this passes!

  • Like Louie Armstrong
    Played the trumpet
    I’ll hit dat bong and break ya off something soon
    I got to get my props
    Come and try to snatch my crops
    These pigs wanna blow my house down
    Head underground
    To the next town
    They get mad
    When they come to raid my pad
    And I’m out in the nine deuce Cad’
    Yes I’m the pirate pilot
    Of this ship if I get
    Wit’ the ultraviolet dream
    Hide from the red light beam
    Now do you believe in the unseen
    Look, but don’t make your eyes strain
    A nigga like me is goin’ insane

  • I AND MANY OF THE DISABLED ARE IN FAVOR- for a bill to pass of the use of marijuana for medical purpose . Many prescribed drugs today are dangerous for the mentally ill- cancer victims – and countless others – WE need your support in Albany to pass a bill for the disabled – From Nunzio Bagliere Syracuse N.Y. EMAIL NUNZIO61@VERIZON.NET

  • ACure

    Aside from the stupid comments made by the last few idiots, this is actually a serious issue for people with terminal illnesses and chronic pain. If MJ provides those individuals with relief from their suffering, then let them have as much as they want. If the state legislature chickens out, then I would advocate for civil disobedience for people whose illnesses could benefit from MJ. What would Albany do if thousands of terminal cancer patients sat on the steps of the state capital and lit up a joint? Would they send out their storm troopers or change the laws. But it may not come to that, since the governor has limited eyesight, apparently due to glaucoma, and there is a body of research on the benefits of MJ for that ailment as well.