Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny: Medical Marijuana Bill to Assist Seriously Ill Patients Passes Assembly
June 14, 2007
Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island, Dyker Heights) announced today that the Assembly passed legislation allowing the use of marijuana to treat serious, life-threatening illnesses under a doctor’s supervision (A.4867-A). “There are seriously ill New Yorkers with life-threatening medical conditions who would benefit from the use of medical marijuana,” Brook-Krasny said. “This carefully crafted legislation reflects our compassion for those who need to alleviate their chronic pain and suffering.” Assemblymember Brook-Krasny said medical studies have proven that the drug can offer relief to HIV/AIDS and cancer patients, and other patients suffering from life-threatening conditions. “Medical marijuana can be very beneficial and effective for patients who don’t respond well to other medications.” Brook-Krasny said. Assemblymember Brook-Krasny said the bill would:
- allow a certified patient or designated caregiver with a valid registry ID card to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 12 plants;
- authorize the state Department of Health to issue ID cards to certified patients and designated caregivers;
- allow doctors to certify the use of marijuana for intervals of up to one year for patients suffering from life-threatening conditions – only if the doctor determines it would be more effective than other drugs; and
- bar patients from using marijuana in public places.