32 Politicians Support Medical Marijuana In New York – Newsday

Reps. Tim Bishop, Carolyn McCarthy and Gregory Meeks. MORE: Medical pot: Where officials stand | Marijuana laws across the U.S. | DOJ memo on pot Republican State Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick and Democratic Suffolk Legis. William Spencer said they would not support such a measure, though Spencer qualified his answer by saying, “if the conditions, qualifications and methods of delivery can be [strictly] clarified and controlled I would consider supporting it.” Newsday.com’s survey comes after a Quinnipiac poll in February that found 88 percent of New York voters support the legalization of medical marijuana. State legislation has been introduced to make medical marijuana available, but if or when such measures might move forward remains to be seen. In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spoke about a plan, based on a 1980 drug research law, that he could enact using executive power. The plan would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana through up to 20 New York hospitals and would only make it available for patients with certain diseases, such as cancer.
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