Another Republican senator backs medical marijuana
State Senator Tom O'Mara, a conservative Republican from Western New York, is the fourth Republican lawmaker to come out publicly in support of a plan to legalize medical marijuana.
"I have carefully considered the facts, and after meeting with patients and their families I have come to the conclusion it’s time for New York to offer a highly restrictive, tightly regulated network to provide patients access to treatment that will improve their quality of life," O'Mara said in a statement released today.
Yesterday, O'Mara told a group of breast cancer advocates who traveled to the Capitol from Rochester that he would support legalizing the drug, according to the group's Facebook page.
Three other senators, George Maziarz, Mark Grisanti and Joe Robach, all from the western region of the state, have recently announced their public support for medicinal marijuana in recent weeks.
Those senators have said they would support some version of the Compassionate Care Act, a bill cosponsored by Independent Democratic Conference senator Diane Savino.
Recent polls show a majority of New Yorkers of both political parties support medicinal marijuana, but Senate co-leader Dean Skelos has not committed to bringing the act to the Senate floor for a vote.