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Question: Should New York legalize medicinal marijuana?



Yes. If it can help people have less pain, what’s there even to question? The fear that teenagers will have easier access to the drug is simply an excuse for not legalizing it. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want legalization because they want to push their own medications that are far riskier than this herbal drug.

Phyllis Gottdank, retiree



I can see the potential harm in legalizing it. But if it’s the only option to help patients, then we should consider it. God created this plant for us to use. Cigarettes are legal, as is alcohol, and we see the damage done by those substances. Why not legalize medicinal marijuana to help people cope with their illnesses?

– Carole Pozner 


Yes. I am a recent kidney recipient and I understand the importance of immediate healthcare. Many people are suffering from glaucoma and joint disease and if marijuana can ease their pain then we must give it to them. I’m unconcerned about teenagers getting hold of it since I think the fact that it’s illegal is what draws many people to try it in the first place.

– Sara Greenblat, volunteer,

New York Organ Donor Network





Yes. My girlfriend had cancer and she was often nauseous after chemotherapy treatments. Marijuana was the only relief she had; it was the only thing that stabilized her. As for the concern that people will abuse the substance – well, those who want to get hold of it will do so either way.

Celia Yuzuk, sales, Manhattan Lights

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