"Marijuana prohibition applies to everyone, including the sick and dying. Of all the negative consequences of prohibition, none is as tragic as the denial of medicinal cannabis to the tens of thousands of seriously ill patients who could benefit from its therapeutic use. Until Congress is persuaded to amend federal law legalizing prescriptive access to marijuana, states have an obligation to protect patients seeking relief with medical cannabis from arrest and prosecution under state law. Basic compassion and common sense demand that we allow America's seriously ill citizens to use whatever medication is safe and effective to alleviate their pain and suffering." - Keith Stroup, Esq., Founder, NORML
 

New York: Measure Seeks To Expand Access To Medicinal Cannabis

 

A.9151-10`6 calls on the DOH to double the number of state-licensed medical cannabis producers and dispensaries. At present, only a total of 20 dispensaries are located in 13 of New York’s 62 counties. Statewide, there are 978,500 residents for every dispensary. Patients are reporting extremely limited dispensary hours and a shortage of high CBD medicine. Passage of A. 9151 would require the Department of Health to authorize additional facilities by January 2017.

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Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders has introduced legislation, S 2237, to remove marijuana from the US Federal Controlled Substances Act. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015 would deschedule cannabis from the CSA, as is alcohol and tobacco. This legislation provides states the power to establish their own marijuana policies and banking policies free from federal interference.

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Federal: CARERS Act Gains Momentum in Senate

 

Legislation, Senate Bill 683: The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, is pending in the US Senate to strengthen statewide medical marijuana protections and impose various changes to federal law. The bill now has 15 cosponsors including high-ranking Democrat Charles Schumer (D-NY). Identical companion legislation, HR 1538, is also pending in the US House of Representatives. It has 16 co-sponsors, eight Democrats and eight Republicans.

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