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New York To Hold Medical Marijuana Hearings


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New York to Hold Medical Marijuana Hearings


In December, the state of New York will hold public hearings in Buffalo and Mineola on legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.  The hearings are part of lawmaker efforts to get voters on board with the idea of legalizing medical marijuana.


A bill proposed by Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Richard Gottfriend would regulate the sales and dispensing of medical marijuana.  Under their proposal, physicians licensed to prescribe controlled substances could certify patients to use medical marijuana.


Those patients would register with the state’s Department of Health before being able to access their medication.  Medical marijuana would be dispensed through hospitals, pharmacies, or other not-for-profit organizations.


The hearings are sponsored by the New York State Assembly. They are scheduled for 10 a.m., Dec. 5, Buffalo City Hall; and 10 a.m., Dec. 18, Nassau County Legislative Chambers.



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