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STATEMENT – Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expedited Access Bill

Statement by Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried

“Governor Cuomo has done a very good deed for seriously ill patients and their families by signing the Medical Marijuana Expedited Access Bill.  Thanks to their work and sharing their personal stories, this legislation and the Compassionate Care Act became law.

I know the Health Department is working hard to get the medical marijuana law up and running on schedule, but glitches happen.  This emergency access law is designed to get medicine to the neediest patients, including young children, as quickly as possible.  It gives the Health Department flexibility to modify requirements of the current law and regulations to speed up production and distribution to patients with the most critical need.

For the most seriously ill patients, even minor delays – a day, a week, a month – are life-changing.”