Medical Marijuana Shapes Up As The Most Prominent 2014 Albany Issue – Newsday

She said she would accelerate her campaign for her and Gottfried’s bill when the Senate returns from its Easter/Passover break on April 23. Patients and their families who support Savino’s bill are mobilized, traveling to the State Capitol repeatedly in an organized effort to win over state lawmakers. “There are plenty of people on Long Island who want this and who are struggling,” said Tracy Ofri, a Valley Stream resident who has multiple sclerosis. “Time is of the essence.” Ofri, like other advocates, said Cuomo’s plan is a positive gesture but contends it is cumbersome and would help only a small percentage of patients in chronic pain. Advocates also note the plan would rely on marijuana confiscated by police, which does not have the same purity standards as pharmaceutical-grade pot. “We don’t have any idea how many people are going to be able to participate,” Ofri said of the governor’s plan. “We need legislation that has more patient access to help a greater number of people.” Missy Miller of Atlantic Beach said she’s tried almost 20 medications to ease the seizures endured by her son, Oliver, 14, who has a brainstem injury and uses a wheelchair. “But the seizures just keep getting worse and worse,” said Miller, who believes medical marijuana may help her son cope with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. She said she sees “kids in states like Colorado” experience a reduction in seizures, through the use of medical marijuana.
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