For the Record: Medical Marijuana in New York
June 24, 2007
Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny, D-Coney Island, Dyker Heights, announced that the Assembly passed legislation allowing the use of marijuana to treat serious, life-threatening illnesses under a doctor’s supervision. He said that medical studies have proven that the drug can offer relief to HIV/AIDS and cancer patients as well as other patients with life-threatening conditions.
The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, has been approved for medical use by the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency since 1986 in synthetic pill form, but consuming the drug in its natural form, which doctors say is more effective, is illegal under federal law.
Brook-Krasny added that in the last two months, New Mexico had legalized the use of medical marijuana, and a similar measure passed the Connecticut Legislature and is on the governor’s desk for action. He said legalizing the medical use of effective medicine does not undermine the message that non-medical use of illegal drugs is wrong.
“There are seriously ill New Yorkers with life-threatening medical conditions who would benefit from the use of medical marijuana. This carefully crafted legislation reflects our compassion for those who need to alleviate their chronic pain and suffering,” Brook-Krasny said. “Many controlled substances that are legal for medical use, including morphine, Valium and steroids, are otherwise illegal. It is inappropriate to allow physicians to prescribe powerful opiates to relieve pain, but not marijuana. I urge the Senate and governor to help make this bill law.”