Medical Marijuana Bill Passes New York Senate Health Committee


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Sick and dying New Yorkers who can benefit from using medical marijuana may soon be able to stop worrying about jail.

‚ÄčThe New York State Senate Health Committee passed a medical marijuana bill Tuesday afternoon.

The passage of S. 4041-B marks the second consecutive year that the bill has gotten out of the Senate Health Committee. The Assembly’s medical marijuana bill, A. 9016, passed the Health Committee in January and is now sitting in the Assembly Codes Committee.
“We applaud the New York Senate Health Committee members for doing the right thing and taking this important step toward protecting sick and dying New Yorkers from arrest or jail,” said Noah Mamber, legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).
“Let’s hope New York legislators will follow the lead of New Jersey, the state next door, which is about to become the 14th state to implement an effective medical marijuana law,” Mamber said.
The New York State Assembly passed medical marijuana legislation in 2007 and 2008, but the issue has never gotten a Senate floor vote.

For the first time in 2009, a Senate medical marijuana bill passed the Senate Health Committee, but progress stalled because of a Senate leadership struggle, which lasted until just before the  Legislature recessed.