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SEN.SKELOS LET THE SENATE VOTE ON THIS

 For the fifth time in seven years, the State Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana, backing a measure that would far surpass a program Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced this year.

But with less than four weeks left in the legislative session, the prospects for passage in the State Senate remained uncertain.

Donald Hecht June 02, 2014 at 08:20 PM
See my blog, "Legalize Medical Marijuana" to learn about the efforts to pass this law.
Donald Hecht June 05, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Senate Leadership is Holding Up a Vote on the Bill, Leaving Sick New Yorkers to Needlessly Suffer Senate Refuses to Act on Bill Supported by More Than 80% of New York Voters and Thousands of New York Patients, Doctors & Caregivers Rockville Centre, Long Island -- Today, parents of children with epilepsy and patients living with multiple sclerosis and other serious, debilitating medical conditions will rally at the Rockville Centre LIRR station across from Senate Co-president Dean Skelos’ office to demand a vote on the Compassionate Care Act (S.4406-B/Savino and A.6357-B) in the New York Senate. The bill, which would create one of the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs, would allow seriously ill patients access to a small amount of marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider. Earlier this month, the Assembly passed the bill for the fifth time with broad bipartisan support. The bill has also passed through the Senate Health Committee and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate bill sponsor, Senator Diane Savino, has said she has more than enough votes to pass the bill if it comes to the floor for a vote. But thus far, the Senate Majority Coalition Leaders - Senator Skelos and Senator Klein – have not allowed the bill to the floor of the senate for a vote. If the vote does not take place before the session ends on June 19th, patients and caregivers will be forced to wait another year for relief.

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