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Tompkins lawmakers debate impacts of possible medical marijuana law

Tompkins lawmakers debate impacts of possible medical marijuana law

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It’s been the hot topic in Albany, and on Tuesday, lawmakers at the county level discussed the issue of medical marijuana.

The state senate is debating whether or not to bring a bill to the floor that would legalize the drug for medical use.

Angela Sullivan is executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, which offers education and counseling services to area residents and organizations.

She told lawmakers her biggest concern is the risk that legalized medical marijuana presents to young people.

“Valid prescription holders are able to have enough of the substance that they are either able to sell or give part of the prescription amount, or it gets taken from them,” Sullivan said. “There’s a pretty active market for reselling.”

Sullivan said she doesn’t believe state lawmakers should be deciding what should be defined as medicine.

New York’s medical marijuana bill, the Compassionate Care Act, awaits an uncertain future in the senate finance committee.

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