Ongoing debate: Legalizing medical marijuana

By Brandi Bailey

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Legalizing the medical use of marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act has been on New York's legislative floor for several years.

20 states have already legalized the use of medical marijuana. Lawmakers say New York State is one step closer to the legalization.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is the co-sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act.

The bill was included in one of the house budget bills that just passed a few days ago.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed interest in legalizing the medical use of marijuana.

New York State Senator Thomas Libous says he's open to the discussion of the legalization. He's even spoken to his medical doctors who say it could make him feel better during the hardest times of his chemotherapy treatments.

"I spoke from my heart from a personal situation. I know that there are a number of parents with children who have seizures and they think this could be comforting. I think comforting and compassionate is the key thing," Libous said.

"Whatever marijuana is used in this program has to be grown indoors under highly controlled conditions. We have some local growers who are interested in this," Lupardo said.

Libous stresses that his doctors have made it clear to him that smoking marijuana would not be good for him. The oils taken in a pill or vapor form could potentially ease nausea he experiences after cancer treatments.

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