New York Senate Health Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Proposal


New York Senate Health Committee Approves Medical Marijuana ProposalA proposal that will see medical marijuana legalized in New York was approved by the Senate Health Committee by a narrow one vote margin.

The 9-8 vote now paves the way for the bill to be debated and a vote conducted at the New York Senate. However, there are no clear indicators whether the draft will pass through the Senate Finance Committee, whose chair is Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse.

DeFrancisco was recently quoted as saying that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration should be the one regulating pharmaceutical drugs instead of state lawmakers. He revealed on Tuesday through as spokeswoman that he is deliberating whether to include the bill in the committee’s agenda.

The states should take matters into their hands by allowing patients to use medical marijuana if it can manage some medical conditions, instead of waiting for federal government to do so, says the bill’s sponsor Sen. Diane Savino, R-Staten Island.


“Given the choice between Uncle Sam and Mother Nature, I come down on the side of Mother Nature,” Savino was quoted by the Syracuse.

An Auburn woman, who uses medical marijuana to help alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, was overcome with emotion after the verdict. Susan Rusinko said she cried on hearing the committee voted in favor of the bill.

The senators who are in the Health Committee who voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana include: Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan; Diane Savino, D-Staten Island; William Larkin, R-Cornwall-on-Hudson; Ruth Hassell-Thompson, D-Mount Vernon; Ted O’Brien, D-Irondequoit; Jose Serrano, D-Bronx; Jose Peralta, D-Queens and Velmanette Montgomery, D-Brooklyn.

Those who voted against include: Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City; Greg Ball, R-Patterson; Catharine Young, R-Olean; Jack Martins, R-Mineola; Hugh Farley, R-Schenectady; Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn; Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn; James Seward, R-Milford and Jack Martins, R-Mineola. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit

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