Yesterday the New York  Assembly passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana, the third time they have done so. And, like the times before, the bill will likely die in the state Senate.

By a vote of 90 to 50 the state Assembly passed the bill that would allow patients to posses up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and the ability to grow up to 12 plants.

There are almost 20 million people in New York state, meaning there are at least hundreds of thousands of people who could benefit from medical cannabis. What have they done to have their suffering increased? What right does anyone have to deny them the medicine of their choice?

The disconnect between the people who say they favor medical cannabis and the position of most politicians is incredible, and shows that more activism is needed. Those in New York can contact their state Senator here.

Elected officials must be made to understand that they work for the voters and that they are supposed to represent our interests. When emailing and calling doesn’t work, there is always the ballot box.

– Joe Klare