Ethan Irwin Knocks Sen. Hannon on Medical Marijuana
July 31, 2014
(Nassau, LI) State Senate candidate Ethan Irwin issued the following release today regarding Senator Kemp Hannon’s recent statement relating to the Medical Marijuana bill.
“In June Senator Kemp Hannon voted against a bill that will help provide much needed relief to those suffering from painful or debilitating conditions such as cancer, AIDS, epilepsy and other serious degenerative ailments. Now, he is trying to make voters believe he supported it all along.”
According to a News LI report, Hannon now claims to support this measure and is pushing the Department of Health to speed up the program to provide medical marijuana for children with epilepsy.
“It is unconscionable that this lawmaker attempted to deny New Yorkers, who are in desperate need of relief from pain or other debilitating symptoms, a medication that offers that relief and improve their quality of life. It is appalling that Senator Hannon, as Chair of the Health Committee voted to oppose New Yorkers’ rights to medical treatment. It’s even more deplorable that now this lawmaker is saying that he supports medical marijuana by simply showing that he wrote letters about it, when on the one occasion it really mattered he tried to stand in the way of it getting done by voting against it. This is the most despicable way to try and hoodwink voters during an election year. If he was truly concerned for the children, he would have voted for it, end of story.” said Irwin.
In June, the New York State Legislature voted to approve the prescription and use of medical marijuana subject to major restrictions including limiting it to specific non-smokeable forms. The bill passed in the State Senate 49-10, with Senator Hannon being one of the ten Senators who voted against it.