Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A pair of downstate lawmakers are introducing a bill aimed at legalizing medical marijuana. It's been tried before, but couldn't get traction in one of the legislative chambers in Albany.
In the Assembly, Richard Gottlieb has been trying for years to get a medicinal marijuana bill passed, but had trouble in the State Senate. He has a sponsor in the Senate this time is Diane Savino, a member of the Senate's Independent caucus. "This time enforcement will be from seed to sale," explains Gottlieb. "This will be restricted to indoor facilities, with 24 hour taping of manufacturing," he adds.
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Savino says this will help patients in two ways. "One is to give doctors and patients another choice in treatment. Two, is to give those who have chronic pain and life threatening illnesses treatment that might work," says Savino. Gottlieb adds who can be prescribed the medical marijuana will be restricted to serious cases.
Gottlieb says the bill has had smooth sailing in the Assembly, but trouble in the Senate. Savino says with the abuse of drugs like Oxycontin, senators opposed to medical marijuana in the past may change their minds now. "We've come a long way," notes Savino.