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NY set to allow limited use of medical marijuana
Rochester, N.Y. -- The New York Times reported Saturday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was preparing to legalize medical marijuana as an executive order.
A Times source said Cuomo's plans include allowing 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe medicinal marijuana to people with cancer.
New York would become the 21st state to allow it.
We have been pushing the governor to use executive session and we are absolutely ecstatic, said Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
Anderson said she believes this could change cancer patients lives.
This is a substance that, for whatever reason, seems to work for nausea, vomiting and pain, and that isn't just limited to cancer patients, she said.
Medical marijuana is being used in a number of different forms, for a number of different ailments, in the 20 states where its legal.
They're using patches, they're using oils, they're using different creams, drops, oral drops," Anderson said. "In some cases they're also smoking it, but they're also using vaporizers and heating it but don't create that carbon with smoke."
But Anderson wants to be clear -- medical marijuana is the only form of legalization of the drug her group supports.
There's a lot of confusion between medical cannabis and recreational cannabis, said Anderson. We are not advocating in any way for recreational use.
We found that many New York state residents are on board with the potential legislation.
I actually have to say I would support it because there are a lot of people suffering from cancer and multiple sclerosis that are in severe pain, said Lucia Acosta. I actually have a friend who has multiple sclerosis and has suffered for years because of it, and I actually see why that's a legitimate thing to pass.
But some said it must be used with extreme caution.
If it's just medical then I don't see anything wrong with it. It just has to be heavily regulated, said Guy Wolfe. I would imagine you would have to have a good reason about why you're getting it.
There is a group who believes this is a political stunt.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom released this statement:
The Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following comments: Governor Cuomos flip-flopping executive action on medical marijuana is a publicity-seeking gambit designed to win him plaudits from the far Left. Mr. Cuomos opposition to relaxing medical marijuana laws was present in every year of his term until this one. On the heels of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasios coronation as the Empire States most prominent progressive leader, the Governor is scrambling to pacify his progressive base. That is the only explanation for his sudden awareness of sexual harassment in the State Assembly, the recent (albeit meager) use of his clemency powers, and now hospital hemp. When it comes to marijuana, Mr. Cuomo is experiencing a mind-altering election year. The irony is that the Left will likely be unsatisfied with the Governors executive action, and will continue to push for even more permissiveness regarding the use of this dangerous drug. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms remains steadfast in its opposition to any effort that seeks to legalize marijuana.