Gov. Cuomo: Medical marijuana deal reached

Updated: 06/19/2014 7:08 PM
Created: 06/19/2014 3:55 PM WHEC.com

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a deal has been reached among lawmakers for the use of medical marijuana in the state of New York.

Right now, we are still learning the specific details in the deal, but Cuomo says the deal would make medical marijuana available for patents suffering from serious illnesses (as determined by the legislation) and under the care of the doctor. The marijuana will not be administered through smoking, but rather via oils or vaporizers.

The deal also will include provision to allow the State Police officials or the Commissioner of the Department of Health to recommend an end to the program if they feel medical marijuana presents a threat to public safety or public health.

"Everyday our lives are dealing with our children, or loved ones, as they are struggling. It's heartbreaking."

As this mother explained to us how medical marijuana could help her daughter. we saw why. She went into a seizure, her mom says this happens everyday.

"These children are suffering and we are fighting with everything we have to keep them alive"

These parents and supporters of the Compassionate Care Act listened to the governor announce an agreement had been reached.

Locally, doctors have mixed feelings about the deal. Nancy Adams is the executive director of the Monroe County Medical Society. A professional organization of physicians, surgeons, medical students and residents. She says there is mixed reaction among members to Thursday's deal.

She says some physicians see this as another option for chronically ill patients. She also says others worry this is a slippery slope that could lead to some unintended consequences. Adams says those in support see this as an option for the most serious patients, who have great suffering and where other more traditional medicine isn't working. For example, in the case of a person who has cancer and isn't eating, Adams says the medical marijuana may help stimulate the patients appetite and also help to alleviate pain.

Adams says, "This is another tool in a doctors bag. I wish there was something to help to alleviate pain in all cases. But there isn't, so this is something again when you've tried other ways, the more traditional ways and it's not working. We want to have a way to help these patients."

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