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The Empire State has become the 23rd state in the US to permit medical marijuana. The senate debated for what lasted roughly 3 hours, but the bill finally came to a vote where it passed by a vote of 113-13. The newly amended bill which is now being called the “Compassionate Care Act” will now make its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for final approval.
John A. DeFrancisco, the Senate Finance Committee Chairman, was among the first to argue against the original version of the Compassionate Care Act, but changed his mind once he saw the new amendments added on by Senator Diane J. Savino which addressed his initial concerns. And while he still voted no on the bill because of a lack of medical evidence, he did so knowing that the bill would pass.
DeFrancisco said, “I think Senator Savino has shown spirit and tenacity to get the bill done, a bill that most likely today is going to pass. In respects to the final bill, it’s light years better than the original bill. There’s much more control and supervision.”
In addition to DeFrancisco, other lawmakers felt that while they were still opposed to medical marijuana in general, Senator Savino and some of the other sponsors of the bill made it easier to understand and eventually showed them that they were moving in the right direction.