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State needs to get past fear of medical marijuana

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Imagine having over 300 seizures a week. And imagine that the only medicine that can stop them is illegal. Would you break the law? Marijuana, it turns out, is highly effective in combatting certain forms of epilepsy, as discovered by Charlotte Figi, a Colorado girl born in 2006 with Dravet syndrome — a severe seizure disorder that was so bad she could barely function. Her parents tried myriad medicines — all to no avail — ...

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June 22, 2014
11:07 a.m.

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"We aren’t about to go back to the days of Prohibition just because some under-21s are able to find a way to get beer at the store. What we do is we enforce the laws and punish the lawbreakers. We don’t throw up our hands and ban all alcohol sales."

This excellent point raised by Mr. Keller was totally ignored with Governor Cuomo's heavy handed, micromanaged bill that makes patients jump through a lot of hoops before they are able to seek relief. Giving Cuomo the power to pull the plug on this law at any time for any reason is another slap in the face to patients, in addition to having a deterring effect on business people who might have otherwise been interested in supplying the demand.
Passing this law is a win for Cuomo, it's something he can hang his hat on. Yet, it's almost as if Cuomo wants Medical Marijuana to fail in New York State. With this watered down bill he will most likely succeed at the expense of those who really need MM the most.