The New York State Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill for the first time ever today, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. The bill would allow patients with life-threatening conditions to use marijuana according to their doctors’ recommendations. The state health department could also add other serious conditions. Patients would be allowed to cultivate a safe supply of their own medicine (up to 12 plants) or have a caregiver do so for them. They could possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.
Now the bill has to get through the Republican-controlled state Senate, and there’s a decent chance they could vote on it before they adjourn for the year next Thursday. Call your senator and tell him or her to let sick people have their medicine. Or at least send your senator an email in seconds via this handy form on the MPP website.