Statement re: Amended Medical Marijuana Bill

The Compassionate Care Act, legislation allowing patients suffering from severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions to be treated with marijuana under medical supervision, was amended last night.

“It would be a public health disaster and continue the havoc in the lives of patients if this bill doesn’t become law this year,” said Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the bill.  “We’ve incorporated as many of the Governor’s suggestions as possible.  Some of his other concerns were already addressed by the bill.  I believe we now have a bill that will pass both Houses and that the Governor will sign.  This legislation is comprehensive, tightly-regulated, and will bring relief to thousands of New Yorkers suffering from severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions.”