New York Medical Marijuana Fight Is Gaining Steam

A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in New York is gaining traction — but a few key state senators may still attempt to block it.

Senate Finance Committee chairman John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) said Monday the bill wouldn’t even be put to a vote in his committee. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly signaled support for the legislation on the same day — the first time he’s done so. Now the battle is about to reach boiling point.

DeFrancisco is perhaps the legislation’s biggest hurdle. Though his office declined to comment, the senator has previously said he is opposed to medical marijuana because the federal Food and Drug Administration has not approved it as a valid method to treat pain.

“The…bill will not come out of my committee, the Finance Committee,” DeFrancisco told the Poughkeepsie Journal. “You don’t have any kind of reasonable research on the effects.”

Scientists may not understand exactly how marijuana numbs pain, but saying that there is no “reasonable research” on how cannabis can help the sick is not true. Many doctors now say marijuana can be an effective medication when used appropriately.

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