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Savino Plans To Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill

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In the 1980s, New York was one of the first states in the nation to legalize medical marijuana, running the program for nearly a decade before it was shut down. State Senator Diane Savino, of Staten Island and Coney Island, plans to introduce a bill to make medical marijuana accessible again for glaucoma and cancer patients, according to a report by Medical Jane.

Sensing a shift in the national mood towards relaxing marijuana laws (its basically been decriminalized in Washington and Colorado) Savino hopes to introduce the bill next week. It’s at least the third year in a row that she has proposed such legislation, as you can see here and here.

Its passage relies on the Governor Cuomo’s willingness to buck traditional convention:

In order for this bill to get passed, it will take the convincing of New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo. The Governor has announced that while he does not favor the idea of a medical marijuana program, he is open to the idea of it. The legal director for the New York branch of NORML said that Cuomo’s disinclination has nothing to do with the science behind medicinal marijuana. “This is purely political… Nobody wants to be the drug governor,” he goes on to say.

We were wondering what our readers think about legalizing medical marijuana again in New York. Would it bother you if medical pot becomes available? Do you want New York to follow in the steps of Colorado and Washington and decriminalize it altogether? Share your thoughts.
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  1. Shouldn’t be a big deal but personally I’d rather take a pill that contained the same properties. This might make writing laws regarding medical use unnecessary, as the “undesirable” aspect could be eliminated.

  2. the negatives of inhaled marijuana can easily be eliminated by using a vaporizer. As far as arguments concerning dosing and variable nature on cannabinoid concentrations from strain to strain and even plant to plant, the cannabinoids in question are for all practical purposes harmless, their toxicity is not only negligible it is nonexistant, The LD50 according to a DEA study conducted in 1988 is something like 1,500 lbs of herbal marijuana in 15 minutes. A physical impossibility. The problem with the arguement for synthesis is that the action by which it works is complex and relies on many different cannabinoids working together synergistically to produce the desired and best effects. So why reinvent the wheel by making a pill if we know that the natural product works effectively and can be administered while causing minimal harm?

  3. Just legalize it altogether. We learned nothing from Prohibition and that got us the war on drugs. Look what that’s gotten us – drug cartels that make the Mafia of the Prohibition era look like Santa’s Elves. Why can’t just accept that throughout human history people have sought to leave reality behind for a while. The few of us who can’t do it without screwing up will just have to be dealt with as needed. There is only so much control over human behavior that is possible – look at how successful the abstinence for teenagers campaign is. I could go on.

  4. How long before the potheads get phony references and smoke to their hearts content, paid for by my tax money, and the usual apologists announce that we thus need to tax the rich some more for this noble endeavor.

  5. Either ban pot and alcohol or make both legal. I don’t understand why one is legal and killing so many people (drunk driving, drunken rages, etc), and the other is illegal. Makes no sense. Unfortunately, the trend around the world, including the U.S., is for increasing attempted control over human behavior by leaders. And oddly enough, the people seem to be in favor of it!

  6. Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for BS medical uses. The best way to prevent that is to legalize it outright.

  7. Marijuana for medical use has been permitted in Israel since the early 1990s for cancer patients and those with pain-related illnesses such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, other chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients can smoke the drug, ingest it in liquid form, or apply it to the skin as a balm. The numbers of patients authorized to use marijuana in Israel in 2012 is about 10,000.

    There are eight government-sanctioned cannabis growing operations in Israel, which distribute it for medical purposes to patients who have a prescription from a doctor, via either a company’s store, or in a medical center.

  8. You’d pay hundreds of dollars for a synthetic pill that won’t work as well and isn’t as safe. Simply genius.

  9. Put the joint down. States that have medical marijuana have enjoyed tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue. This is a money maker.

  10. I’m a student pharmacist, and yes, you are correct in saying that the synergistic actions of smoking the actual cannabis, provides a better therapeutic effect (although ANY type of smoke in your lungs is harmful), then isolating specific components. The closest drug to marijuana we have in the state is Marinol, which is a Schedule III substance; it is THC related drug, which serves an an anti-emetic, and is prescribed to cancer patients. Honestly, marijuana is becoming so popular in the U.S, that it may soon be legalized in New York; New Jersey is opening a dispensary shortly, and so is Connecticut. If a patient presents a legitimate need for the drug, then there is nothing wrong about insurance paying for this medication therapy; I think the stigma about marijuana as an illegal drug, creates a psychological barrier for people to observe its potential use as a therapeutic. I can tell you that there are a lot of medications, far, far worse then marijuana being dispensed at pharmacies. I discourage people from smoking any and all substances, however, cannabis use will continue to grow in popularity, as a form of medical treatment.

  11. Synthetics have replaced organic based pharmaceuticals with equal results and with little additional risk. And the price can be made reasonable.

    Legalizing medical marijuana will not necessarily lead to full legalization. So let’s not frame arguments based on that perception.

  12. Those who oppose really need to do the research .. literally cannabis has been around medicinally for centuries a benefit to man. Not to mentions its many other uses ..research Popular Mechanics magazine cover story on “Hemp the billion dollar crop” before it was limited by the Stamp Act. Google it. Marijuana is only prohibited due to old political reasons translated>Rich were going to lose money because of Hemp solved too any problems cheaply. The govt has a patent on Marinol a marijuana based drug but it doesnt have medicinal;potential? Research dont just believe the propaganda youve been fed..Our top business leaders and politicians use marijuana many are hippocrites and wouldnt publicly admit it unless it becomes popular.

  13. Yes any smoke will damage your lung including marijuana however studies show the elements that cause cancer associated with cigarette smoking were not present in marijuana smokers..hemp in studies shown to kill cancer cell while leaving other cells unharmed it

  14. “Synthetics have replaced organic based pharmaceuticals with equal results and with little additional risk. And the price can be made reasonable”> sounds like the FDA talking about GMO..

  15. So you want money to be dumped into the development and production of a synthetic alternative to something that grows ABUNDANTLY naturally? What do you think it would even accomplish to regulate medical marijuana as a synthetic? The black sheep in all of this is the THC, and yet the THC IS the reason that medical marijuana is even prescribed. This logic makes me scared of the future of pharmaceuticals.

    It’s really scary to think that the people who are voicing their opinion to change the future are people full of misinformation.

  16. Making marijuana ( weed) legal is prudent for many reasons ,especially the revenue it would bring as it does with alcohol,tobaccy and gambling

  17. Listen, NY State is more than ready for Medical Cannabis. I’m a medically retired US Marine, and Cannabis saved my life . Pharmaceuticals are Toxic Drugs that Kill, Cannabis heals, and makes people Well. We need to keep politics out of Doctor, patient relationships.

    Ssgt Mark DiPasquale USMC Medically Retired

    Veterans For Alternative Care

    Founder and President

  18. you need to educate yourself, 25,000 people a year die from Opiate over doses alone, and the number for other synthetics are enormously high, do your research, thanks

  19. As I suspected, this discussion has brought out people who have a very fixed opinion on this subject.

    As for opiate related deaths, there is a definite reason for this, known to those administering it. I shall not speculate as to why, given such knowledge, opiates are prescribed when there is a good possibility that doing so may cause fatalities. But many of these deaths are in cases where the individual has a terminal illness. Euthanasia? I can’t say yes or no.

  20. I’m anxious for the government to legalize it, because it’s a revenue generator, and is just as equally dangerous as alcohol in the hands of idiots who abuse it. I also don’t smoke it, cannot stand its smell, and… get this… I’m allergic to it. Also, we waste tax dollars enforcing laws on people who smoke it in tiny amounts, when we can spend that lost money on “better” things. I say better in quotes, because that’ll probably mean cops enforcing other minor infractions over major ones at the behest of those in charge behind comfy desks…

  21. My husband, a 23 year Army veteran, has extreme PTSD and Gulf War Syndrome and would benefit greatly from Medical Marijuana. Medical Marijuana does not have the horrible side effects of the ever increasing pain medications my husband is forced to endure. I do not believe it should be legalized for recreational use but would greatly benefit so many medically ill individuals. I also strongly believe that by putting New York governor’s own political dreams ahead of the sick is horrible and that Cumono should never be in the job he is in nor ever placed in another position where he suppose to be looking out for the public. Cumono is only looking out for himself and has no sympathy for the ill of health at all. He will never get my vote!

  22. wow, listen, like I said do your research….Cannabis has killed no Human, ever….ever…..and the results are positive unlike the Toxic Pharmaceutics that our sick country is addicted too, then you wonder why America is unhealthy, moreover the US uses over 90% of the worlds Opiates… So your argument is ambiguous, Cannabis is non-toxic and with proper regulation, and oversight, patients can access it for their medical needs, its between their Doctor, and them, not Pharmaceutical Lobbyist…

  23. For the same reasons it would help your would have beneficial effects for”healthy” individuals…prophylactic treatment

  24. This summer will mark 50 years of smoking pot,I sure would like to take a plill, a cupcake, or a lollipop then smoke. maybe when it becomes legal, like in Colorado & Washington,& almost California,

  25. and are much more harmful to human beings…… Just like all the people dying from Stroke from eating to much meat….. It’s Natural Right? FALSE…..

    Nothing Synthetic is ever good.

  26. And that…………….is whats wrong with America today….

    Veggies grow in the ground? Nahh that’s nasty…. I’ll take that shit that comes in a box.

  27. you know what causes Cancer…………Meat……..

    Sooooo Lets make that illegal? See how stupid that statement sounds…. but here’s the kicker… It’s True, Most people who get colon cancer are meat eater…. Most people who die from Stroke or heart attacks are meat eaters as well….


  28. I think it should be approved. It’s been proven to relieve nausea resulting from chemotherapy. Doctors have also used it on terminally ill patients as a way to alleviate some of their pain and improve their overall quality of life. People are concerned that it will be abused but every legal drug, from demerol to oxycontin, has the potential to be abused. Why is this any different?

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