NY: Bill To Allow Emergency Access to Medical Cannabis

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New York: Allow Emergency Access to Medical Cannabis!

New York legislators have introduced a bill to require the Commissioner of Health to establish emergency access to medical cannabis programs and to provide medical cannabis for patients whose serious condition is progressive and degenerative or patients for whom a delay in access to medical cannabis would pose a serious risk to the patient's life or health, before the implementation of the State's medical cannabis program, which is not expected to be operational until January 2016 or later.

 

The Compassionate Care Act originally contained a provision to allow emergency access to medical cannabis in New Yrok, which was removed by Governor Cuomo in the negotiations leading to its passage.  Since then, three young girls have died from being denied expedited access to the medicine they needed and many families with children who need access to medical cannabis have left New York State.

 

Look up your senators contact information here and assemblymembers contact info here.

Below you will find a simple script to guide you through a call and a sample letter for you to email or mail. Call to Senator/Assemblymember's office:

Hello, I am a constituent of the [Senator OR Assemblymember] and  my name is [Your Name] and I live at [Your Address or zip-code] and I would like to leave a message for the [Senator OR Assemblymember].

I would like to urge they support Senate Bill 5086 and Assembly Bill 7060, which would require the Commissioner of Health to establish a program to provide emergency access to medical cannabis for patients who can't wait for a robust program to be operational.

Thank you for your time, have a nice day.

 

You can use this text, or modify as you see fit, and mail / email it to them to show your support for the sick and dying patients in this state by allowing emergency access to medical cannabis.

 

Letter to Senator/Assemblymember text:

Subject:

Allow New Yorkers with Progressive and Degenerative Serious Conditions Emergency Access to Marijuana

 

Body:

Dear Honorable [Senator OR Assemblymember] [Rep's Last Name here]

I'm urging you to support Senate Bill 5086 and Assembly Bill 7060, which would require the Commissioner of Health to establish a program to provide emergency access to medical cannabis for patients whose serious condition is progressive and degenerative or for whom delay in the patient's certified medical use of cannabis poses a serious risk to the patient's life or health, before the implementation of the State's medical marijuana program, which is not expected to be operational until January 2016 or later.

The Compassionate Care Act originally contained an emergency access provision, which was removed by Governor Cuomo and Senator Skelos in the negotiations leading to its passage.  Since then, three young girls have died from not being able to access the medicine they needed.

Whether or not you supported the Compassionate Care Act, I encourage you to support Senate Bill 5086 and Assembly Bill 7060, because the most critically ill New Yorkers can’t wait until next year for their medicine.

Best Wishes, [Your Name Here] [Your Address/Zip code here]

Action Alert: NY Emergency Access bill Assembly health committee vote for emergency access to medicinal cannabis [4/28/15]

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Action Alert for the NY Emergency Access bill

Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried's NY Emergency Access bill to create an emergency access program for patients with the most urgent needs is getting voted on by Assembly Health Committee TODAY. let's get it passed and force the Senate and Gov. Cuomo to act!

How to help:

1. Call Speaker Carl Heastie at (518) 455-4800 and ask him to bring the NY Emergency Access bill to a floor vote as soon as possible.

2. Call your Assembly member (if you don't know who that is, go to http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/) at his or her Albany office and ask him or her to support A. 7060, the emergency medical marihuana program bill;

Sample Script: Please note - You will get a live person when calling within normal business hours. " Hi, My name is _______ ______, I am a NYS Resident.

I would like to leave a message for Speaker Heastie and my support for A. 7060, a bill to provide Emergency Access to medical marijuana.

I want to urge the speaker to support the NY Emergency Access bill and bring it to the floor for a full vote. Thank you for your time, have a nice day!"

Remember: Be polite, care and share!

 

Compassionate Care Act advances in NY Senate! What's next?

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Compassionate Care Act advances in NY Senate!

Editors note: This action alert is from 2014 and no longer active The Compassionate Care Act passed the Senate Health Committee this week by a 9-8 vote with Republican Senator William Larkin casting the deciding vote. Now Medical Marijuana passed through the Health Committee for the first time sense 2009 it is now on to the Senate Finance Committee.

The Senate Finance Committee is made up for 37 seats including 20 republicans and 17 democrats. We need at minimum 19 votes to pass this bill. The people of New York NEED to put more pressure on the Senate Finance Committee to make sure we have enough vote to pass it through.

The Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator DeFrancisco, said is a statement on Friday that he is relinquishing himself from responsibility of having to call the bill to a vote, instead he is leaving it up to Senate Leadership "If the two leaders want it on the agenda, it will go on the agenda." One of the two, Senator Klein, is a co-sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act, so he would want it to come to a vote naturally. One can only assume because of that what Senator DeFrancisco really meant was if the Republican half of the Senate leadership, Senator Skelos, wants it to be on the agenda, it will be on the agenda. 

The Compassionate Care Act NEEDS to get on the agenda, NOW!  We have until June 19th to pass this through the Senate Finance Committee, The Senate Rules Committee, The Senate Floor and then the governor can sign it into law.

If you're asking yourself what you can do to help pass the Compassionate Care Act, ask no further and read below.

Step 1:

Call Senator Skelos' office  (518) 455-3171 and read off this simple script

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Hi, my name is (Your Name), My zip code is (Zip code) and I would like to ask Senator Skelos to support the Compassionate Care Act and ask Senator DeFrancisco to bring it to a vote in the Finance Committee. Thanks, Have a nice day!

 

Step 2:

Call the Senate Finance Committee members office's(see list below), asking each and every one of them to support the compassionate care act.

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Hi, my name is (Your Name), My zip code is (Zip code) and I want to urge the Senator to support medical marijuana and to vote for the Compassionate Care Act. Thank you and have a nice day!

 

Senator Party Phone Email
Chair: John A. DeFrancisco R (518)-455-3511 jdefranc@nysenate.gov
Hugh T. Farley R (518)-885-1829 Farley@nysenate.gov
John J. Flanagan R (518)-455-2071 flanagan@nysenate.gov
Martin J. Golden R (518)-455-2730 golden@nysenate.gov
Joseph A. Griffo R (518)-455-3334 griffo@nysenate.gov
Kemp Hannon R (518)-455-2200 hannon@nysenate.gov
Andrew J Lanza R (518)-455-3215 lanza@senate.state.ny.us
Kenneth P. LaValle R (518)-455-3121 lavalle@nysenate.gov
Betty Little R (518)-455-2811 little@nysenate.gov
Carl L Marcellino R (518)-455-2390 marcelli@senate.state.ny.us
Jack M. Martins R (518)-455-3265 martins@nysenate.gov
Michael F. Nozzolio R (518)-455-2366 nozzolio@nysenate.gov
Thomas F. O'Mara R (518)-455-2091 omara@nysenate.gov
Michael H. Ranzenhofer R (518)-455-3161 ranz@senate.state.ny.us
James L. Seward R (518)-455-3131 seward@nysenate.gov
Catharine Young R (518)-455-3563 cyoung@senate.state.ny.us
Mark Grisanti R (518)-455-3240 grisanti@nysenate.gov
Ruben Diaz D (518)-455-2511 diaz@nysenate.gov
Daniel L. Squadron D (518)-455-2625 squadron@nysenate.gov
Toby Ann Stavisky D (518)-455-3461 stavisky@nysenate.gov
Neil D. Breslin D (518)-455-2225 breslin@senate.state.ny.us
Timothy M. Kennedy D (518)-455-2426 kennedy@nysenate.gov
David J. Valesky D (518)-455-2838 valesky@nysenate.gov
Adriano Espaillat D (518)-455-2041 espailla@nysenate.gov
Kevin S. Parker D (518)-455-2580 parker@senate.state.ny.us
Bill Perkins D (518)-455-2441 perkins@senate.state.ny.us
Martin Malavé Dilan D (518)-455-2177 dilan@nysenate.gov
Michael Gianaris D (518)-455-3486 gianaris@nysenate.gov
Ruth Hassell-Thompson D (518)-455-2061 hassellt@senate.state.ny.us
Velmanette Montgomery D (518)-455-3451 montgome@nysenate.gov
Gustavo Rivera D (518)-455-3395 grivera@nysenate.gov
Jose Peralta D (518)-455-2529 jperalta@nysenate.gov
John J. Bonacic R (518)-455-3181 bonacic@nysenate.gov
Liz Krueger D (518)-455-2297 lkrueger@senate.state.ny.us
William J. Larkin Jr. R (518)-455-2770 larkin@senate.state.ny.us
Joseph E. Robach R (518)-455-2909 robach@nysenate.gov
Diane J. Savino D (518)-455-2437 savino@senate.state.ny.us

If you're unable to or don't want to make phone call's you can goto our action alerts on www.norml.org/act and email your senator with a pre-written email! Compassionate Care Act

 

 

Medical Marijuana - Tell the Senate Health Committee To Vote Yes on the Compassionate Care Act

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New York's Medical Marijuana bill, The Compassionate Care Act, WILL come to a vote by the end of next week.

Editors note: This action alert is from 2014 and no longer active

Now we need to apply the pressure to the WHOLE Senate Health Committee. The sick and dying patients of New York need YOU ! Call ALL of the comm. members and ask them to support medical marijuana. It's easy. All you do is call the number and leave a message with the staff member who answers the phone. This is your chance to participate in Democracy.

Below you will find a list and a simple script you can read off while calling. Share this far and wide! The time for action is now or never! We've never been closer to passing medical marijuana! We need every single call we can get! It will only take 20 minutes to call each of the 17 senators on this list. Call them daily, they need to know this issue matters.

---------------------------- "Hello. My name is (Your name) and I live at (Your Address). I'm calling to urge the senator to support medical marijuana and vote yes on the Compassionate Care Act when it comes to a vote in committee and on the floor. Not another day should pass that a patient has to suffer because of this. Thank you. Hope you have a nice day!"

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 Senate Health Comm. Members.

Senator Party Email Phone Region
Chair: Kemp Hannon R hannon@nysenate.gov 518-455-2200 Garden City
Greg Ball R gball@nysenate.gov (518) 455-3111 Patterson
Hugh Farley R Farley@nysenate.gov (518) 885-1829 Schenectady
Martin J. Golden R golden@nysenate.gov (518) 455-2730 Brooklyn
William J. Larkin, Jr.. R larkin@senate.state.ny.us (518) 455-2770 Cornwall-on-Hudson
Jack Martins R martins@nysenate.gov (518)-455-3265 Nassua County
James L. Seward R seward@nysenate.gov (518) 455-3131 Oneonta
Cathy Young R cyoung@senate.state.ny.us (518) 455-3563 Olena
Velmanette Montgomery D montgome@nysenate.gov (518) 455-3451 Boerum Hill
Ted O'Brien D obrien@nysenate.gov (585) 218-0034 Rochester
Jose R. Peralta D jperalta@nysenate.gov (518) 455-2529 East Elmhurst
Gustavo Richa D grivera@nysenate.gov (718)-933-2034 Bronx
Diane J. Savino IDC savino@senate.state.ny.us (518) 455-2437 Brooklyn, Staten Island
Jose M. Serrano D serrano@senate.state.ny.us (518) 455-2795 East Harlem
Simcha Felder D felder@nysenate.gov (518) 455-2754 Brooklyn
Ruth Hassell-Thompson D hassellt@senate.state.ny.us (518) 455-2061 Bronx
Brad Hoylman D hoylman@nysenate.gov (518) 455-2451 Manhattan

For more information on how to get involved in supporting medical marijuana come to a NORML Meeting 

NY Senator Savino and Assemblymen Gottfried Introduce Medical Marijuana Legislation

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Medical Marijuana same-as bills introduced in both the NY Senate (S.4406) and NY Assembly (A.6357) today. For the past 16 years Medical Marijuana , or MMJ, bills have came and gone in NY, but this year we have a stronger bill than any other in recent history. Bills of previous years were always vague when defining who and what is covered to use medical marijuana, usually saying "severe debilitating or life-threatening condition" this year however we have a much clearer look at what is covered

"...including, but not limited to, Cancer, Glaucoma, positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of  intractable spasiticity, Epilepsy, Cachexia, Wasting Syndrome, Chron's Disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Neuropathy, Fribromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, and Diabetes, or a condition associated with or a complication of such a condition or its treatment (including but not limited to inability to tolerate food, nausea, vomiting, dysphoria or pian) subject to limitation in regulation of the commissioner."

The biggest change might be that NY will be the second state to allow for-profit business entities in the medical marijuana industry. In the most of the medical states you must be a non-profit corporation or cooperative to own and operate a dispensary, Colorado and soon to be New York are the exceptions.

When passed, New york would be of of the first states to mandate testing on cannabis quality and potency. This is a huge step forward in helping prove the legitimacy of the plant as a medicine and will help secure the health and safety of patients with compromised immune systems especially.

Not entirely new, but these bills also have added protections for patients, caregivers and heath care professionals that few other state's have. A MMJ patient is not to be denied of any medical service or organ transplant due to the fact that they use MMJ. Patients and their caregivers are protected from discrimination by landlords, employers, schools, or in court i.e. custody proceedings.

Coming off the heels of success in Colorado and Washington, NY would add a lot of momentum to the movement if we pass a MMJ bill this session. We don't have much time though, the legislators go home for the session in June giving us just over 2 months to get this passed.  It's up to you, the people, to tell your senator to support the Medical Marijuana bill S. 4406.  You can Click Here to use NORML's Action Center and take 1 minute to email your senator to support MMJ in NY (Note: you don't need to use you 9 digit zip code).

I have the utmost confidence that we will legalize the medicinal use of cannabis this year, but we need your help. Check out how to get involved here.