Hannon Congratulates Governor for Joining Call on DOH to Make Medical Marijuana Oil Available for Suffering Kids
July 30, 2014
(Long Island, NY) Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Health Committee, today congratulated the Governor for finally calling upon the Department of Health to, as the Governor’s letter reads, “determine if there is any way to accelerate the process for this specific dire population (children suffering from Dravet Syndrome).”
In addition Senator Hannon released two letters (below) he sent to the Department of Health early this year calling on the agency to make high Cannabidol (CBD) oil, which reportedly provides great relief to children suffering from a rare form of epilepsy, available through the 1980 Medical Marijuana statute.
“I wrote DOH in February and again in March 2014 urging the Commissioner include CBD oil within his implementation of the 1980 medical marijuana statute” explained Senator Hannon. “I do not believe that we need to wait 18 months for the recently enacted Medical Marijuana statute nor should we. Families with children suffering from Dravet Syndrome tell me they see incredible relief from this oil. These families shouldn’t have to wait any longer.”
Dravet Syndrome is a rare form of epilepsy. The FDA has approved the study of CBD oil as an anti-seizure medication, and NYU has had a clinic trial but it can only serve a fraction of the children and their families seeking the oil. The oil which is made from Marijuana contains very low levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC.
Senator Hannon’s letters were written shortly after then Commissioner of Health, Nirav R. Shah, testified at a Legislative Fiscal Hearing on the Health Budget that he did not believe the high CBD oil would be included in the Department’s implementation plan for medical marijuana.
“I continue to believe CBD oil can legally be made available in New York under the existing authority,” said Senator Hannon “and I urge the Department of Health to do so as soon as possible.”
The letters along with the response from the Department of Health are below: