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Maziarz said that the matter is gaining support in the senate. “Beyond a reasonable doubt, this does work for children with epilepsy, certain MS patients and end of life patients,” he said of medical marijuana, but added it was important to note that he and the other senators are very much opposed to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. He noted Wednesday that some legislation would be likely written, after negotiations between the senate, the assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently spoke out in support of limited medical marijuana legislation.
There is a public hearing the matter planned for Monday in Cheektowaga (See box for information or visit www.compassionatecareny.org.)
In addition, Williams has created two videos which tell the stories of Tommy and Tony, locatable through a search of each boy’s name on YouTube. Both families are urging people to contact their state senators plead for legalization of medical marijuana in New York state.
Deep within this controversy, the parents of disabled children are hoping beyond hope for relief for their children. If the seizures can be stopped or tamed, perhaps some children can move out of their wheelchairs, learn to feed themselves, even walk. Tommy’s dad says “the possibilities are kind of endless.”
Without medical marijuana, the future is far more dire for these children and Williams said doctors are not optimistic about Tommy’s future, noting, “We were told at any time that he could have a seizure that could leave him brain dead, or even kill him.”
I don’t wonder how the naysayers in the senate would vote if Tommy or Tony was one of their kids. And I’m certain that with a little thoughtfulness they can provide hope to kids and others who need marijuana while protecting the lives of those who don’t.
IF YOU GO • WHAT: Public forum on legalizing medical marijuana • WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday • WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport, 4201 Genesee St., Cheektowaga • FOR MORE INFO: Contact Julie at 347-781-5435 or email: email@example.com.
Contact Michele DeLuca at 282-2311, ext. 2263.