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N.Y. – Ask Gov. Cuomo to stop obstructing medical marijuana legislation 

Directions: Please call Gov. Cuomo at (518) 474-8390. You will not speak directly with the governor, so please leave a brief message with the staffer who answers, or on voicemail, and please be sure not to be rude. If you or a loved one could benefit from medical marijuana, please be sure to mention how Gov. Cuomo killing the Compassionate Care Act would affect you or your family. Thank you for exercising your civic duty and participating in grassroots advocacy. 

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Make a call to Governor (D-New York) Andrew M. Cuomo's Office

 

Phone: (518) 474-8390

 

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Suggested call script:

Hello, my name is __(your name)__ and I am from __ (your hometown) __. I was very disappointed to hear Gov. Cuomo has said he won’t sign a bill unless it includes numerous last-minute changes, several of which are unreasonable. Please pass along my request that the governor support the Compassionate Care Act and that he do all he can to ensure it is passes this week.

(PLEASE MENTION TWO OR SO OF THE FOLLOWING TALKING POINTS)

  • More than eighty percent of New Yorkers support allowing medical marijuana. Gov. Cuomo should listen to seriously ill patients and the public on this.
  • Assemblyman Gottfried has been working on the details of this bill for more than a decade, and they have been carefully crafted and vetted. 
  • The Compassionate Care Act already has a far more restrictive qualifying conditions list than most medical marijuana bills. The governor shouldn't be leaving behind more patients.
  • Requiring a doctor to specify patients’ dosage, as Gov. Cuomo has demanded, is a poison pill, which would cause them to lose their federal license to prescribe.    
  • Marijuana has been used for thousands of years and there has never been a fatal overdose. Patients in 22 states and Washington, D.C. have been successfully using it as medicine for years. New York’s seriously ill patients should be able to do so, without fear of criminal charges, as well.

Thank you for your time.



"Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use."
Former President Jimmy Carter, message to Congress, August 2, 1977
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