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Legalizing Medical Marijuana in NY

Rochester, N.Y. - Legalizing marijuana for medical use could happen in New York State.

Twenty states across the country including nearly all of New England have legalized the drug for medicinal use.

The governor's plans include allowing 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe medicinal marijuana to people with serious illnesses.

Were quite good at relieving pain," said Timothy Quill, M.D. chief of Medicine, Palliative Care University of Rochester Medical Center. [For] nausea and appetite suppression our options are not that good, and here we have something that may have a significant affect for the right patient.

If the drug does become legalized for medical use, Quill hopes URMC is one of the 20 hospitals the state chooses.

We would like to be one of those sites, because I think trying to figure out how to do this is important in both research and academic endeavor we want to all learn from and make sure it can be done as well as it can be done, said Quill.

But not everyone is on board with legalizing marijuana in any capacity.

We do think it is a dangerous drug, and we are opposed to legalizing marijuana in New York State, said Reverend Jason McGuire Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. Once you bring this out it's very hard to regulate very hard to control and to limit who has access to it.

However, for those on the front lines those who have seen the benefit of cannabis in other states are looking to leave New York State to get help for their loved ones.

To have 80-100 grand maul seizures a month is life altering, said Christine Emerson, whose 7-year-old daughter suffers from refractory epilepsy. These kids they die from these seizures they dont just fall down and get back up or get really sleepy, every one of these seizures could take Julias life or alter who she is.

Emerson is planning on moving to Colorado to get help from her daughter.

We're looking for a specific strain of cannabis that's called Charlottes Web that's out in Colorado. The cannabidiol (CBD) levels are very high and the THC, which is the psychotropic affects, are very low so the kids aren't getting high from it they're truly getting the benefits of the CBDs or the cannabinoids from the plant.

And shes not the only Mom that feels trapped by New Yorks current laws.

To see these wonderful stories of children with similar seizure disorders getting help using this as a treatment option and to know it's not available here it's just kind of sad, said Allison Hendershot, whose 8-year-old daughter also suffers from refractory epilepsy.

Both Moms hope on Wednesday Governor Cuomo will take executive order as expected and legalize medical marijuana.

 
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