Dear New Yorker:
For the first time, "same as" (or identical) medical marijuana bills are being introduced by members of the majority party in both the Assembly, by Health Committee chair and longtime sponsor Asm. Richard Gottfried (D), and the Senate, by Health Committee chair Sen. Tom Duane (D). While the New York Assembly has passed medical marijuana legislation twice in the last two years, the bills died in the Senate. With new Senate leadership, this could finally be the year New York protects medical marijuana patients. Help us make sure this opportunity doesn't slip away.
Please call to urge your state senator to co-sponsor Sen. Duane's bill. Then, ask your friends and family to do the same. The bill will be introduced by the middle of next week, so don't delay!
If you are a patient with a serious medical condition, a physician, or a clergy member, please e-mail me at NMamber@mpp.org if you would be willing to speak out.
Numerous studies show that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for patients with serious illnesses like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS. 76% of New Yorkers support allowing medical marijuana, as does the vast majority of the state's medical community. Yet, thousands of patients continue to suffer, living in fear of arrest, and sometimes facing prosecution and conviction. Others will not break state law and suffer needlessly because the medicine they know would work best is not allowed in their state. You can read and, in some cases, watch 17 New York patients' stories.
In this year of change, please call to urge your senator to join the growing national consensus and co-sponsor this legislation so that medical marijuana patients from Buffalo to Montauk can live their lives without fear of prison.
Thank you for supporting the Marijuana Policy Project. And please pass this on to friends and family in New York so that even more voices for compassion can be heard.
Marijuana Policy Project