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Hospitals Hoping To Learn More About Governor's Plan To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Governor Cuomo's plan for legalizing medical marijuana would set up guidelines and pick hospitals to take part.
Governor Cuomo's plan for legalizing medical marijuana would set up guidelines and pick hospitals to take part. 

The University of Rochester Medical Center is trying to understand what the legalization of medical marijuana would mean for patients. 

"The most usual group we are thinking about are people with advanced cancer because that's where most of the studies have been. But there are also other patients with disease," Dr. Timothy Quill said.

URMC officials say until they learn more about the governor's plans they do not know who could get a prescription, or exactly how it would be dispensed. 

"My anticipation is that this will be inhalation therapy; that it will be smoked forms of marijuana," pharmacy director Curtis Haas said.

Doctors say there are lots of pain pills and even synthetic forms of marijuana, but pot could help with other symptoms.

"[For] nausea and appetite suppression our options are not that good. Here we have something that might have a significant affect for the right patients and having that more openly available. I think it is a big plus for patients," Dr. Quill said.

Over the past two years a bill which would allow medical marijuana has gained steam in the Assembly, but not enough to head to the Senate for a vote. Assemblyman Mark Johns is the ranking member of the Assembly's Drug & Alcohol Committee. He voted against the bill.

"I don't think anybody wants to see someone suffering. But, I do want to make sure that prescribed medicine doesn't fall into the hands of people that shouldn't have it," Johns said.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson wants safeguards but favors the proposal. 

"We're only going to allow this so that a physician makes the medical determination for the patient. I think that with those safe guards in place, I'm comfortable with however we enact the use of medical marijuana," he said.

More details will be revealed at the governor's State of the State Address. 


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