The measure, which would establish state-licensed dispensaries to distribute marijuana to qualified patients, has already been approved by two committees and now awaits a full Assembly vote: If it’s approved, as is anticipated, it will head to the Senate. According to the bill’s prime sponsor, the majority of the Senate is in favor. New York’s governor isn’t in support of the proposal, but has stated he has an “open mind”, indicating he may let it become law if given the opportunity.
Recently over 600 physicians – under the banner of Physicians for Compassionate Care – held a press conference to announce their support for the measure, and to urge lawmakers to approve it. Helping to build on this momentum, a wide-range of high-profile organizations have now endorsed the group, and are also calling for medical marijuana legalization.
Here’s a list of some of the top organizations which are calling on lawmakers to legalize medical cannabis:
- Pharmacists Society of the State of New York
- New York City Pharmacists Society.
- Psychological Association of New York.
- New York State Nurses Association
- New York AIDS Coalition.
- New York Lawyers Guild.
- Latino Commission on AIDS
- Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central New York
- AIDS Community Resources
- Collaborative for Palliative Care
- Center for Community Alternatives
- WESPAC Foundation
- Positive Health Project
- New York Harm Reduction Educators
- Family Services Network of New York
In addition to these organizations supporting the measure, recent polling found that an overwhelming 82% of New York residents are also in support.