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December 5, Buffalo, NY: Assembly Medical Marijuana Hearing

On Thursday, December 5, Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N.
Gottfried will hold a hearing in Buffalo regarding medical use of marijuana. Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws. Assembly bill A.6357 (Gottfried)/S.4406 (Savino) would set up a tightly regulated and controlled medical marijuana system.  This legislation passed the Assembly in 2013 with strong bi-partisan support.

Under A. 6357, practitioners licensed to prescribe controlled substances could certify patient need, and certified patients would register with the Health Department. Both the certification process and dispensing of medical marijuana would be included in the I-STOP prescription monitoring system for controlled substances enacted in 2012. The Health Department would license and regulate “registered organizations” to produce and dispense medical marijuana for certified patients.

This hearing is the first of two on the subject.  The second will be held in Long Island on December 18.  For more information, please see:

Public Hearing on medical marijuana

-Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried
-Medical professionals, caregivers, advocates, and researchers
-Patients and parents including Paige Figi, whose daughter’s story was covered by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Common Council Chambers, 13th Floor
Buffalo City Hall
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY

Thursday, December 5, 10:00 AM