As part of the NYS Assn. of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc.'s 47th Annual Legislative Conference, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes sponsored the "From Prisons to Pot: Marijuana Legalization & Revisioning New York State’s Economy" Workshop with special guest Montel Williams. The workshop addressed the health benefits of medical marijuana and explored legalization through a criminal justice and economic lens.
In 2014, New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana. Patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, neuropathies, Huntington's disease and PTSD are now eligible for medical marijuana.
Montel shared his personal experience with medical marijuana and the impact its made on his life.
“Does marijuana stop pain? No. Does marijuana make it livable? Yes. Adults have the right to make a decision about what they can and cannot do. Marijuana could be the number one exit drug for opioid addiction.”
To learn more about Montel's personal journey, view the video.
* Video footage courtesy of Adam Baumel *
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