Gillibrand’s Bill to Decriminalize Medical Marijuana Gets Boost From NY Parent


“Morgan has never hugged me, she has never been able to call me mom,” said Kate Hintz, a medical marijuana advocate.

Hintz’s 4-year-old daughter Morgan has Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy that starts in infancy and causes dozens of seizures daily.

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Hintz says her daughter has tried a variety of treatments, but none, she claims, offers the promise of medical marijuana.

It’s for that reason Hintz traveled from her in Westchester to Capitol Hill, where she stood with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who unveiled legislation that would end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana and give relief to people living in states where medical marijuana is legal.

“The federal laws threaten prosecution of the patients, of the doctors, the providers who participate in medical marijuana programs,” said Gillibrand.

To date, nearly two dozen states have legalized marijuana for medical use. New York’s law is set to take effect next year. However, on Capitol Hill, it’s unclear if Gillibrand’s bill will get enough support to move forward.

If it doesn’t, Gillibrand says lawmakers will be forced to explain themselves.

“I dare any senator to meet these patients here and say they don’t deserve the medicine their doctors prescribe,” said Gillibrand.

As for Morgan, she can’t walk or talk, or eat solid food. And her trip to Washington was her first time on a plane.

The medical marijuana she would use is in an oil form and is already available in states like Colorado.

“I do feel helpless and I also have extreme feelings of guilt, her father and I, that we’re keeping her here; we’re keeping her from the access that she could in other states.  It was a very serious decision for us to stay in New York. I shouldn’t have to take Morgan away from our support system and give up our home to access this completely safe medication,” said Hintz

Medication that Hintz says can change her daughter’s life.

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