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    Albany, N.Y. – 05/20/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), member of the New York State Senate Health Committee, issued the following statement regarding (4406B) legislation that is scheduled to be voted on in committee at noon on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

    “Nearly every week we hear of another heroin overdose in our community. Most, if not all, of these overdose victims started with marijuana as teenagers. Studies conclusively prove Marijuana as a gateway drug and harmful to the developing brain and body. Simply stated, smoking pot is not medicine. That said, there are countless options to help those suffering currently, including smokeless vapor, oils, tinctures and pills that can immediately and effectively provide relief to many patients right now, including innocent children suffering from debilitating seizures, without embracing and expanding the current drug culture. By rejecting smoking as a delivery vehicle and embracing these advances we can compassionately help those suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, without recklessly causing more harm than good. Let’s help people without worsening our current drug culture, by rejecting the greed driven push for the outright legalization of recreational marijuana,” said Senator Greg Ball.

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