State of New York secondary Archives: on Drugs

Rob Astorino: No medical marijuana; due to pills, process, and quality

Gov. Cuomo announced that NY would embark on a plan to allow up to 20 hospitals to prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma, and other serious conditions.

Though Astorino believes "efforts to treat and comfort those suffering from cancer and other diseases are to be encouraged," he reckons Cuomo went about instituting his policy undemocratically. "If the governor is serious about his medical marijuana proposal, it should be debated by state legislators; scrutinized by medical & law enforcement professionals; and discussed by parents and civic leaders."

Astorino also questions the need for medical marijuana in the first place, asking, "Just what problem would the governor's proposal solve since physicians can already prescribe to cancer patients Marinol, a pill form of the active substance in marijuana?" He also questions where the marijuana will come from, how its quality will be controlled, and the policy's impact on anti-drug education in schools.

Source: Westchester Magazine: 2014 New York State gubernatorial race Jan 1, 2014

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