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From an email from the Marijuana Policy Project:

This evening, the New York Assembly passed MPP’s medical marijuana bill by a 92-52 vote. This exciting victory marks the first time a chamber of the New York Legislature has ever passed an effective medical marijuana bill, and it caps more than five years of work by MPP, and more than 10 years of work by the bill sponsor, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D).

We’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars each year since 2003 on this project, and we’re getting close to victory. Please donate to MPP today so that we can continue to push hard in Albany for the purpose of making New York the 13th state to legalize medical marijuana.

The New York Senate is expected to take up the measure next week. With the support of the Republican majority leader there, as well as that of Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) — who for the first time just indicated he is open to signing such a bill — New York has a real shot this month of joining the 12 other states that allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with their doctors’ approval.

MPP will be doing everything we can to ensure that the bill becomes law. We’ll be pushing hard — but we need your help to do so. Please donate now to support this last-chance barrage of lobbying and grassroots activities.

Passing a medical marijuana law in the country’s third-most populous state would be absolutely huge: The bill’s passage would mean that more than one-fourth of our nation’s residents would live in medical marijuana states.

Medical marijuana enjoys tremendous support in New York. A 2005 Siena Research Institute poll found that 76% of New Yorkers support allowing the medical use of marijuana, including 72% of Republicans. And medical organizations representing the state’s medical schools, the state’s nurses, and the state’s county health officials have voiced their support for the issue. So our job is simply to convince legislators that voting in favor of medical marijuana access is a compassionate and politically savvy — not controversial — move. Click here to read some of the positive news coverage that our bill has already generated.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 June 2007 at 4:17 pm

Posted in Drug laws, Health, Medical

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