NYS Seal

Richard N. Gottfried, Chair

Medical Marijuana Legislation

Thursday, December 5, 10:00 AM
Common Council Chambers, 13th Floor
Buffalo City Hall
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY
Wednesday, December 18, 10:00 AM
Nassau County Legislative Chambers
Theodore Roosevelt Executive and
Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY

New York State is considering legislation to allow the medical use of marijuana under a health care practitioner's care, for patients with cancer and other severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions.

Assembly bill A.6357 (Gottfried)/S.4406 (Savino) would set up a tightly regulated and controlled medical marijuana system. Practitioners licensed to prescribe controlled substances could certify patient need, and certified patients would register with the Health Department. Both the certification process and dispensing of medical marijuana would be included in the I-STOP prescription monitoring system for controlled substances enacted in 2012.

The Health Department would license and regulate "registered organizations" to produce and dispense medical marijuana for certified patients. They could be hospitals, pharmacies, or other for-profit businesses or not-for-profit corporations, and would be required to comply with detailed "seed to sale" security controls and regulations. A clinical advisory committee made up predominately of health care professionals would advise the Health Commissioner on clinical matters.

Oral testimony is by invitation only. Persons wishing to be invited to testify at the hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form by Monday, December 2. It is important the reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation of the hearing. Persons who do not testify in person may submit written testimony.

Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes. All testimony will be under oath. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.

Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committees would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements. Written testimony, whether presented in person at the hearing or not, should be e-mailed (as a Word or PDF document) before the hearing or as soon as possible to Elizabeth Hamlin-Berninger hamline@assembly.state.ny.us

Please inform interested parties and organizations of the hearing.

In order to meet the needs of those with a disability, the Assembly, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Assembly facilities and activities.

Questions about this hearing may be directed to Elizabeth Hamlin-Berninger of the Assembly Health Committee staff at 518-455-4941 or Hamline@asssembly.state.ny.us


Persons wishing to testify at the public hearing on the Medical Marijuana legislation are requested to complete this reply form by Monday, December 2 and mail, email or fax it to:

Elizabeth Hamlin-Berninger, Legislative Aide
Assembly Committee on Health
Room 822 - LOB, Albany, New York 12248
Email: Hamline@asssembly.state.ny.us Phone: (518) 455-4941, Fax: (518) 455-5939
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[   ] December 18, Mineola
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