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)
than eighty percent of New Yorkers support allowing medical marijuana. Gov.
Cuomo should listen to seriously ill patients and the public on this.
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.