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Medical Marijuana Waiver Sought

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U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand this week urged the U.S. Department of Justice to grant New Yorkers immediate access to a strain of medical marijuana, mostly commonly known as “Charlotte’s Web,” before legalization is implemented in the state.

The waiver requested by the senators in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would allow cannabidiol, made with cannabis oil, to be transported across state lines from Colorado into New York State. The request originally came to the senators from New York families with young children suffering from diseases in which the drug has proved to be effective in reducing pain and controlling symptoms.

New York’s marijuana law was passed in July and will allow limited access to medical marijuana. It is estimated that it will take up to 18 months for the law to be fully implemented and for medical marijuana to be produced in-state. If granted the waiver, critically ill seizure sufferers would have access to medical marijuana far more quickly.

“For the many children suffering from certain types of epilepsy and seizure disorders, who are in great pain, prescription-based marijuana can be the only option; it is only fair to provide them access,” said Senator Schumer in a release.

“This is a common sense step for families with children suffering acute pain while awaiting the legalization of medical marijuana to go into effect,” said Senator Gillibrand.

There are more than 186,000 New Yorkers who suffer from a form of epilepsy with more than 60,000 suffering from a form that cannot be controlled by over-the-counter medication. Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, and an additional 11 have legalized a form of medical marijuana that is rich in cannabidiol. Colorado has developed a strain of medical marijuana, commonly referred to as “Charlotte’s Web” that has successfully treated children with Dravet’s syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy.

Lighthouse to be Designated as a National Historic Landmark Today

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According to a spokesperson for New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the United States Department of the Interior will designate the Montauk Point Lighthouse – New York State’s oldest lighthouse and one of the first seacoast lighthouses authorized by Congress —as a National Historic Landmark some time Monday afternoon.

Since last year, Senator Gillibrand has urged Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and the National Park System (NPS) Advisory Board Landmarks Committee to designate the site as a National Historic Landmark.  The Lighthouse would be the twelfth place in Suffolk and Nassau counties to achieve landmark status.

“This is great news,” said Senator Gillibrand in a press release issued Monday morning. “The importance of this iconic lighthouse, which helped make New York Harbor the nation’s premier port, is indisputable. Montauk Point Lighthouse can finally take its rightful place as one of our National Historic Landmarks.”

Last November, Senator Gillibrand wrote in a letter to Ronald James, Chair of the NPS Advisory Board Landmarks Committee, “I strongly encourage you to recommend that the Montauk Point Lighthouse be designated as a National Historic Landmark to Secretary Salazar after the Advisory Board’s upcoming meeting… The Montauk Point Lighthouse has a rich history and continues to serve as a vital navigation feature to this day.  In 1969, the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and the time has come for this iconic structure to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.”

The designation was also strongly supported by Congressman Tim Bishop, a native of the East End.

With Montauk Point Lighthouse becoming an iconic part of Suffolk County’s landscape, Senator Gillibrand pointed out that the landmark status would have the potential to greatly enhance tourism and economic activity in the surrounding area. The National Historic Landmark designation would provide greatly needed resources to preserve this site, which played a pivotal role in America’s history, guiding ships from Europe to New York. Built in 1796, the Montauk Point Lighthouse promoted New York as the receiving port for British manufactured goods in America.