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File #: Res 0094-2010    Version: Name: Legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. (A.7347/S.2774)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services
On agenda: 3/25/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.7347/S.2774, legislation that would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm , Letitia James, Albert Vann, Gale A. Brewer, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Robert Jackson, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowitz, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Michael C. Nelson, Jumaane D. Williams, Darlene Mealy, Rosie Mendez, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Brad S. Lander, Joel Rivera, Elizabeth S. Crowley, James Sanders, Jr., Diana Reyna, Peter A. Koo, Stephen T. Levin, Ruben Wills, Charles Barron, James F. Gennaro
Council Member Sponsors: 24
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 94 - 3/25/10, 2. Committee Assignment Change, 3. Committee Report 11/18/11, 4. Hearing Testimony 11/18/11, 5. Hearing Transcript 11/18/11, 6. Committee Report 2/13/12, 7. Hearing Transcript 2/13/12, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-29-12
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
2/29/2012ADaniel Dromm City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/13/2012*Daniel Dromm Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/13/2012*Daniel Dromm Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/13/2012*Daniel Dromm Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/13/2012ADaniel Dromm Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/2011*Daniel Dromm Subcommittee on Drug Abuse Laid Over by Subcommittee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/2011*Daniel Dromm Subcommittee on Drug Abuse Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/2011*Daniel Dromm Subcommittee on Drug Abuse Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/2011*Daniel Dromm Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/2011*Daniel Dromm Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/18/2011*Daniel Dromm Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/2/2011*Daniel Dromm City Council Re-referred to Committee by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/25/2010*Daniel Dromm City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/25/2010*Daniel Dromm City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 94-A
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.7347/S.2774, legislation that would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.
 
By Council Members Dromm, James, Vann, Brewer, Comrie, Jackson, Koppell, Koslowitz, Mark-Viverito, Nelson, Williams, Mealy, Mendez, Rodriguez, Lander, Rivera, Crowley, Sanders Jr., Reyna, Koo, Levin, Wills, Barron and Gennaro
 
Whereas, Marijuana refers to all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L.; and
Whereas, The primary active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which reacts to nerve cells in the brain and leads to a euphoric high that users generally experience when smoking marijuana; and  
            Whereas, Proponents of medical marijuana point to a large body of reports and journal articles that support the therapeutic value of marijuana; and
          Whereas, These written works address the ability of marijuana to treat a variety of disease-related problems, including relieving nausea, increasing appetite, reducing muscle spasms and spasticity, relieving chronic pain, reducing intraocular pressure, and relieving anxiety; and
          Whereas, Nationally, 16 states, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia, have enacted laws or passed ballot measures which have authorized the use of medical marijuana; and
          Whereas, On October 19, 2009, the United States Department of Justice issued formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted medical marijuana laws; and
          Whereas, The guidelines contain in pertinent part that, "[p]riorities should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana;" and
Whereas, Marijuana remains a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency asserts that this classification means that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, currently has no accepted medical use in treatment, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision; and  
Whereas, Yet, advocates of medical marijuana laws view the Department of Justice's policy as an important acknowledgement that patients and medical professionals should not fear prosecution as a result of adhering to state law; and
Whereas, However, some advocates are concerned that recent action taken by the Department of Justice against medical marijuana dispensaries in California will threaten individuals engaging in the medicinal use of marijuana throughout the country; and
Whereas, In New York State, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and Senator Thomas Duane introduced A.7347/S.2774, legislation that would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana; and
Whereas, This legislation would accomplish this task by legalizing the possession, manufacture, use, delivery, transfer, transport or administration of marijuana by a certified patient or designated caregiver for certified use; and
Whereas, The bills also create procedures for allowing practitioners to certify that their patients' serious medical conditions should be treated by the medical use of marijuana; and
Whereas, Pursuant to the legislation, the New York State Department of Health is required to monitor the use of medical marijuana, promulgate rules and regulations for registry identification cards and provide reports to the Governor and the Legislature on the medical use of marijuana; and
Whereas, Multiple public health and advocacy organizations support this legislation including the Medical Society of the State of New York, the New York State Nurses Association, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York, the New York Statewide Senior Action Council and the Gay Men's Health Crisis; now, therefore, be it  
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass A.7347/S.2774, legislation that would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.
JM
LS# 503
11/3/11