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Assembly passes legislation to provide quicker access to medical marijuana

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Wed, Jun 10th 2015 02:20 pm

Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, working alongside fellow lawmakers and dozens of Compassionate Care NY supporters, continued his efforts to expedite the process for critically ill patients to receive medical marijuana in New York state.

Ceretto helped pass legislation Tuesday, which he co-sponsors (A7060), that would allow patients under specific circumstances to immediately obtain medical marijuana. The legislation passed with near-unanimous support in the Assembly, and enjoys bipartisan support in the Senate.

"I'm pleased that we passed legislation today in the Assembly that would provide certain patients access to medical marijuana," Ceretto said. "It is depressing and unacceptable that four critically ill children have died in New York state while waiting to receive medical marijuana.

"We passed legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in New York state over a year ago; there is no excuse for our critically ill patients not to have immediate access to this much-needed medication.

"I strongly encourage my fellow lawmakers in the Senate to promptly pass this bill, as well. It's important to pass this bill before the end of this year's legislative session. Critically ill patients in New York state should not have to suffer for another day."

Ceretto's support for medical marijuana does not stop at A.7060. He also advocated for the installation of marijuana hydroponics greenhouses in Western New York to boost the economy and provide medicinal-grade marijuana to Western New York patients who need immediate relief for critical illnesses.

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