MOTHER'S LOVE HELPED LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NY
A mother's love for her son helped tip the balance in New York Medical Marijuana legalization process
He is 14 years old and is significantly handicapped. He is addicted to benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
Missy Miller and her boy Oliver Miller are from Atlantic Beach New York. Oliver had a stroke in utero (prior to birth). As a result, he has what's called a brainstem injury, so he has a lot of very complex medical problems; among them are seizures that do not respond to pharmaceutical drugs.
It's called a brain zap seizure. Certain strains of cannabis have received international attention for curbing seizures in children. Oliver has not been able to access medical cannabis for a similar kind of treatment. His mother Missy and her friends have fought with other citizens and activists across the united states to legalize medical cannabis. Now, with 22 states having legalized the drug for medicinal usage, the spotlight turned to New Yorkers who have rallied behind The Compassionate Care Act, which could eventually make New York the 23rd state to legalize medical cannabis.
There is a tradition a medical marijuana in New York City but it's under the radar for the past 25 years. Now we are this close to bring it above the radar. Dear State, Don't drop this ball. Earlier this year, Missy discussed her frustrations with the current New York political system and her fear of losing her son to his seizure disorder.
"You know you, can talk politics, you can talk money, the bottom line is you can help people? Can you save lives, can you can give people a better quality of life? It's what should be done.”
The federal government regulates marijuana as a schedule 1 drug (a no medical use narcotic), so its classified in a class with heroin, and everyone knows that is a bold faced lie.. It is classified as more dangerous than drugs like methamphetamine, which is a schedule 2 drug.
“There are some very questionable motives within the government that are going to be brought up and addressed. I think within 5-7 years, it will all be legal federally on a medical level. My problem is my son Oliver doesn't have five years, I don't even know if Oliver has one year."
Over several months Missy rallied together with other parents whose children are also in need of medical cannabis help. They urged local politicians to meet their children and to understand the importance of passing the medical cannabis legalization bill. Missy turned her attention to New York Senator Dean Skelos, who represents her district and even launched a local commercial campaign.
"Senator Skelos please don't make us wait another year. Allow a vote on the compassionate care act.”
She continued her fight up to Albany leading up to the big decision on June 19. Medical marijuana has the capacity to do a lot of good for a lot of people who are in pain and who are suffering.
“We were in Albany when they had reached an agreement with the governor and then we were in the press conference when the governor made the announcement that he was going to be approving this bill."
“Some of these children's cases are the most heart wrenching cases you've ever heard of, like children with epilepsy babies.” The next day I had gotten a phone call very early in the morning from Senator Skelos' office, asking me if i was still in Albany and I said no we had to come home. Oliver was having too many seizures, he was too unstable and then they called back and said he would like me to watch the vote."
“If you would tell me the beginning of this session that I would be voting YES on this legislation i would say to you, no way.” and then when he said, “but when you meet all of the Miller from my district 14 years old and some of the folks, you mentioned that they have 10-12 seizures a day, he has hundreds of seizures a day as a result of a pre-birth stroke.”
When he called out my son's name on the Senate floor, he was basically saying, this little boy changed my mind. “That's worth voting for this legislation.” I was so proud of Oliver, because I felt like Oliver was helping thousands of people.
“Today Oliver really has contributed The bill is passed.”
Governor Cuomo's sign the measure into law Saturday July 5th and held a formal signing ceremony in New York City on July 7th to highlight the new law. “It makes total sense for New York State to take this advancement of medical marijuana. A tremendous weight has been lifted, this step has removed the biggest biggest hurdle right out of the way, so it's very helpful to a lot of people or children like Oliver at Alvaro Children like Oliver feel like they are contributing, you know, why did they are here with all these problems.
MMJDoctoronline Notes: The issue of past illegalization in America, cases like a mother being convicted for giving marijuana to her epileptic son, might easily be seen in the same light as the Salem Witchcraft Trials in Massachusetts way back in 1693. Has anything really changed?
We have to answer yes, Medical Marijuana has been legal now in California for more than twenty years. With the advent of the internet, the medical establishment allows patients to easily acquire a medical doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana online.
MMJDoctorOnline Notes: Our online MMJ documentation process takes patients only a few minutes to fill out their information and checklist of symptoms and conditions. Unlike a visit to a clinic, patients don't pay unless they are approved. MMJDoctoronline also supplies Cannabis ID, Cultivation permits, and renewals, all 100% online. MMJ docs are used at California and Nevada dispensaries, delivery services, cannabis cooperatives, marijuana clubs and other suppliers of cannabis based medicines.
In July 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the Compassionate Care Act to provide a comprehensive, safe and effective medical marijuana program that meets the needs of New Yorkers. The program will ensure that medical marijuana is available for certified patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered in a manner that protects public health and safety. On this website, you will find information about the program – which will be updated as implementation progresses – for patients, caregivers, health care providers, and the public.
New York became the latest state to permit the use of medical cannabis on Monday.
At a news conference in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe cannabis in a non smokable form to patients with serious ailments that are recognized by the state on a predefined but flexible list of conditions.
Finally, the Department of Health announced that it would add chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions, which is particularly important because medical cannabis can help patients reduce their use of dangerous opioids. Unfortunately, the proposed regulation is unduly restrictive. You can click here to see the proposed regulation (pages 21-22) and find instructions for submitting your comments, ..
Possession of cannabis is generally illegal in New York. However, the Compassionate Care Act, which was passed in New York in 2014 provides for a medical cannabis program that allows patients who are suffering from specified serious conditions to obtain cannabis for medicinal use. Patients must be certified by their physicians and must have a registry identification card in order to obtain approved medical cannabis products. Visit the New York Medical cannabis website to learn more about New York's medical cannabis program.