Heartwrenching TV Ads Urge New York’s Government to Support the New Medical Marijuana Bill

A new TV ad currently running in New York state features Port Washington psychiatrist Richard Carlton making a compassionate plea on behalf of his 46-year-old wife who has late-stage Parkinson’s disease.

“If Joan tried marijuana now, she might have a tremendous improvement in her quality of life. Knowing there’s a medication that could help my wife, but that medication is illegal here in New York is agonizing,” he says. “It’s causing me a tremendous amount of grief.”

He then asks the state’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, to support the proposed Compassionate Care Act. The new bill would give seriously ill people access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. The ad is sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project, which played a large role in getting cannabis legalized for recreational purposes in Colorado and Washington.

In the 20 states (plus Washington D.C.) that have already legalized medical marijuana, countless patient experiences back up the psychiatrist’s claim. People dealing with everything from Parkinson’s to cancer, PTSD to epilepsy, have found relief and healing in cannabis.

A second New York TV ad depicts Atlantic Beach mother Missy Miller with her son, Oliver. Oliver had a brain stem injury that caused him a series of “complex medical conditions” including refractory seizures.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.