ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) The New York State Assembly voted to approve the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would allow for the use of medical marijuana under a doctor’s supervision.
If approved by the State Senate, the law would allow marijuana use for patients suffering from life threatening or debilitating illnesses, such as cancer. Supporters of the Compassionate Care Act say the bill sets up one of the strictest medical marijuana programs in the United States.
Provisions included in the bill -
- allowing a licensed practitioner to certify that a patient has a serious condition for which they are likely to receive palliative or therapeutic benefit from treatment with the medical use of marijuana
- permit a certified patient or designated caregiver who is registered with the state Department of Health to possess up to two and one half ounces of marijuana.
- authorize the Department of Health to license and regulate registered organizations to dispense medical marijuana for certified patients.
- require the Department of Health to issue registry identification cards to certified patients and designated caregivers. These cards would expire after 90 days to conform with the maximum length of an initial prescription for all other controlled substances.
The bill will now be sent to the State Senate for a vote.