Medical Marijuana Bill Faces Crucial Hearing In NY Senate

NEW YORK: A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York State faces a crucial first test in the Senate’s health committee on Tuesday.

The bill’s sponsor, Independent Democrat Diane Savino, has said she has enough votes from both Democrats and Republicans to pass her Compassionate Care Act, if the bill is allowed to come to the Senate floor for a vote.

But first the legislation must survive the 17-member health committee, chaired by Sen. Kemp Hannon, a Long Island Republican who has been skeptical of legalizing the drug.

Savino said recently her legislation has 39 votes in the full chamber, which includes vocal support from at least five Republicans: John Bonacic, George Maziarz, Mark Grisanti, Joe Robach and Tom O’Mara.

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