SENATOR DIANE SAVINO ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF THE COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE
ALBANY, NY -- Today, Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act (S.7923 / A.6357), joined with members of the New York State Senate in voting overwhelmingly to establish a safe and regulated medical marijuana program in New York State. The Senate vote comes one day after a three-way agreement was struck between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders, making New York the 23rd state in the nation that now will operate such a program.
Senator Savino said: “Today marks an historic victory for thousands of New Yorkers who will no longer have to suffer needlessly during their courageous medical battles. Under this bill, New Yorkers will now have the same access to life-changing treatment options that others around the country have had. Today we celebrate this victory with the countless patients, families, advocates, health care professionals and physicians who have all fought passionately for the safe and reliable use of medical marijuana as part of a comprehensive course of treatment for disease and illness.”
The Senate vote was 49-10 in support of the measure. The bill will now be sent to the Governor's desk for his signature.