New York State Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW):

New York State looks into a green initiative that patients and doctors say could help countless victims of people living with severe sicknesses.

The state is considering legalizing the use of medical marijuana. The New York Assembly Health Committee will meet today at Buffalo City Hall. This new bill would set up an initiative, allowing a tightly regulated and controlled medical system. It would also allow seriously ill patients a small dosage of marijuana as long as their healthcare provider gives both approval and supervision.

Over the years, twenty states and the District of Columbia have allowed the distribution of medical marijuana to these severely ill patients. New Jersey even expanded its program, allowing doctors to prescribe this medicinal treatment.

Patients, doctors and families will come forward at the 10:00 A.M. meeting, some speaking in favor of the law and sharing their personal stories. Those who oppose the law also plan to speak, discussing the dangers behind the drug.