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article imageNew York holds medical marijuana hearings on December 5

By Nancy Houser     Nov 26, 2013 in Health
Buffalo - New York has pending legislature to legalize medical marijuana for treating medical conditions. Public hearings by Democratic lawmakers are scheduled in Buffalo and Mineola, New York, on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. at each location.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), there are twenty states and the District of Columbia who have some form of legality for the public use of medical marijuana programs.
Syracuse reports that with hearings coming up regarding the legality of medical marijuana in New York, strong supporters are the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State, and the Medical Society of the State of New York.
Supporters of medical marijuana feel the main problem is a lack of research and scientific studies of medical marijuana after other options fail. In addition, the federal government has classified the drug as Schedule 1, considered one of the most dangerous drugs. Under federal law, it will remain illegal even if states vote it for medical use, such as AIDS, epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, nausea from cancer treatments, pain, PTSD, and spasticity.
States who have a legislature in favor of medical marijuana have various methods of medicating, stated in each state's legislature:
* Inhalation: Smoking
* Inhalation: Vaporizing
* Marijuana Edibles
* Cannabis Tinctures
* Cannabis Topical Solutions
There are a lot of legal differences between medical marijuana at federal and state levels. Also, opponents of medical marijuana feel that very little scientific proof exists that shows FDA-approved prescription drugs can achieve more than medical marijuana. They also feel over time consistent use will lead to drug use, impaired judgment, and can be addictive.
But political dynamics are changing in Albany, where the Senate Republicans have allied with five Democrats – including a key supporter of medical marijuana. “We’re counting heads in the Senate,” said Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference now allied with the Republicans. She plans to reintroduce her bill early next year. “I believe there is sufficient support in both parties in all three conferences in the Senate," states another Syracuse article.
If New York passes the legislature on medical marijuana, the NY Savino/Gottfried bill will give authority to the Health Department to license and regulate any "registered organization" to produce and dispense medical marijuana to certified patients. This includes NY hospitals, pharmacies, for-profit businesses, and not-for-profit corporations.
The clinical advisory committee for the programs will advise the New York Health Commissioner on clinical matters, consisting of health care professionals from the State of New York.
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