WNY lawmaker proposes new way to get med. marijuana to kids

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Assemblyman Michael Kerns (D-142) is sending a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking the state to issue emergency medical marijuana ID cards to children who need the drug soon.

The letter follows the recent deaths of at least three WNY children who passed away while waiting for the medication.

Kearns believes the cards would allow other children suffering from seizures to access the potentially life-saving medicine from at least 7 states across the country that allow patients from outside their borders to purchase medical marijuana as long as they have such a card.

"Sometimes a complex problem has a simple solution," Kearns said, while acknowledging there are some hurdles to pass.

For one, it's unclear if the governor has the authority, under executive action, to instruct the State Department of Health to issue these cards.

Kearns spoke with state health officials, who said they will look at the issue.

The closest states to offer medical marijuana to those with cards from other states are Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Kearns spoke to some officials in those states, who indicated children in New York may be eligible.

"We can't sit back and do nothing," Kearns said. "If this doesn't work, we need to come up with something else."


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