The National Epilepsy Foundation has announced it is in support of federal and state law changes to increase access to medical marijuana. The announcement adds to the growing momentum in New York for passage of its proposed Compassionate Care Act. The legislature is considering the bill, which has passed the Assembly four times but gets stalled in the Senate.
Last week two other cancer support groups – “1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition,” and the “Breast Cancer Network of Western New York.” Supporters of the the bill include the New York State Nurses Association, the New York State Psychological Association, the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, the New York State Breast Cancer Network, the Latino AIDS Commission, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, the, Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central NY, Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer, Physicians for Compassionate Care, and many others.
Geri Barish, President of 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition, said: “Like dozens of other organizations across the state, we are supporting the Compassionate Care Act because it will help to alleviate the pain and suffering of, not only the cancer patients we see on a daily basis, but other seriously ill New Yorkers. It will provide proper access to medication to give some relief to those we love, and those who suffer from pain have waited too long. We ask the Senate to vote yes on this bill.”
“I would like to be able to recommend medical marijuana for my patients who could benefit,” said Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, Co-chair of NY Physicians for Compassionate Care. “Unfortunately, despite the strong scientific evidence that medical marijuana can benefit patients with a number of serious and debilitating conditions, including cancer and MS, the New York State Senate is standing in the way of doctors doing what they know is best for our patients.”
“We’re excited that the Epilepsy Foundation has joined a growing list of respected national organizations supporting medical marijuana, and we’re downright thrilled that 1 in 9 and the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York have endorsed the Compassionate Care Act,” said Gabriel Sayegh, state director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Given all this local and national support, including by New York voters, it’s hard to imagine what the hold-up is in Albany. The Senate’s failure to pass this bill is increasingly incomprehensible and, frankly, inhumane. People across our state are suffering. It’s time for the Senate to pass the Compassionate Care Act.”