Today, dozens of parents of children with epilepsy and patients living with multiple sclerosis and other serious, debilitating medical conditions will parade down Main Street in Marcellus with a float to draw attention to the Compassionate Care Act (S.4406-B/Savino and A.6357-B/Gottfried). The group will also have a booth at the festival following the parade to educate parade goers about how the bill could help alleviate the suffering of New Yorkers with serious illnesses or debilitating conditions. The bill, which would create one of the nation's most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs, would allow seriously ill patients access to a small amount of marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.
Local Marcellus resident, Kathy Annable, helped organized the float because her daughter Kaylie, who suffers from severe seizures, could benefit from medical marijuana. Patients from MS Resources of Central New York, a local group that has advocated for the bill on behalf of their clients with multiple sclerosis, will also attend. Dozens of family members and friends are expected to join to show their support for the Compassionate Care Act.
What: Parade float and information table with caregivers and patients
When: Saturday, June 7th from 3 PM to 5 PM
Where: Main Street, Marcellus, NY
Who: Parents, patients, and caregivers from Central NY and Western NY working to pass a comprehensive medical marijuana bill in New York
Last month, the New York State Assembly passed the bill for the fifth time with broad bipartisan support. The bill has also passed through the Senate Health Committee and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is chaired by Senator John DeFrancisco, who represents Marcellus and other parts of Central New York. Earlier this week, patients rallied in Rockville, Long Island, to pressure Senator Skelos to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
If the Finance Committee does not move the bill and Senate leadership does not bring it to the full Senate floor for a vote before the session ends on June 19th, patients and caregivers will be forced to wait another year for relief.