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A10104 Summary:

BILL NOA10104
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08772
 
SPONSORPaulin
 
COSPNSRLupardo, Crespo, Dickens, Errigo, Galef
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 3360, Pub Health L
 
Provides access to medical marihuana for animals.
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A10104 Actions:

BILL NOA10104
 
03/15/2018referred to health
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A10104 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10104
 
SPONSOR: Paulin
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to access to medical marihuana for animals   PURPOSE: To allow licensed veterinarians to certify patients to use medical mari- huana and to add animals to the list of certified patients under the public health law   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends subdivision 3 of section 3360 of the public health law by adding the terms "human" and "animal" to the defi- nition of "certified patient." This section also amends subdivision 12 of section 3360 of the public health law by adding licensed veterinari- ans to the definition of "practitioner." Section two amends subdivision 7 of section 3360 of the public health law to add any medical condition that may benefit from treatment with medical marihuana as determined by a licensed veterinarian. Section three provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Medical marihuana has helped countless people in the management and treatment of chronic and debilitating illnesses. Research suggests that animals can also benefit from cannabis use to similarly treat their ailments. This legislation would authorize licensed veterinarians in the state to certify their animal patients to use medical marihuana for any medical condition that may benefit from such treatment. Animal owners and care- givers would therefore be given an alternative option to alleviate their pets' pain. This could be helpful to many animals in need of relief, especially those that have chronic illnesses and for whom more tradi- tional medical treatment has not proven to be effective. Other states, including Nevada and California, have introduced legis- lation regarding medical marihuana use for pets. Giving animals access to medical marihuana is a compassionate measure that will help in preventing unnecessary discomfort and suffering.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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