Press Release

Tuesday in Albany: Elected Officials Join Patients & Families in Support of Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana

Abandoned by Cuomo, Families Turn to Legislature for Relief in Final Days of Legislative Session

Bill Would Create Emergency Access Program to Provide Relief to Suffering Children

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<p>Tony Newman 646-335-5384<br />
Julie Netherland 347-781-5435</p>

Albany -- Nearly a year since the medical marijuana law passed in New York in June 2014, patients and families will gather in Albany to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would create an emergency access program so that critically ill patients could access medical marijuana. Since the law passed, not one patient has been able to access medical marijuana and at least four children from across New York State have tragically died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine. In the final days of the legislative session, patients and advocates will gather in Albany to call on the New York Assembly and Senate to pass legislation that would create an emergency access program for patients with the most urgent need – including children suffering from severe epilepsy. The bill – A.7060 (Gottfried) / S. 5086 (Griffo) – has bi-partisan support including, co-sponsor Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb. The bill is expected to pass the Assembly, and advocates are calling on the Senate to move swiftly to pass the bill before the end of the legislative session next week.

Compassionate Care NY will hold a press conference urging passage of the bill, which is likely to be voted on by the full Assembly early this week.

What: Press conference on legislation to create emergency access to medical marijuana


  • Representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance
  • Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried
  • Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb
  • Senator Joseph Griffo
  • Rebecca Campos, Registered Nurse and patient with epilepsy
  • Amy Piperato, Physician, Mother of a child with a severe epileptic disorder
  • Mackenzie Kulaway, patient with a severe epileptic disorder

When: Tuesday, June 9, 11:30 AM

Where: LCA Hallway (Senate side), NYS Capitol

Medical Marijuana
New York