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Print Posted on 09/14/2017 in MMJ Laws

Senator Al Damato Joins Pro-Medical Marijuana Lobby Group

Senator Al Damato Joins Pro-Medical Marijuana Lobby Group

ALBANY — Alfonse D'Amato is going from Senator Pothole to Senator Pot.

The former Republican U.S. senator from New York has been hired as a senior adviser by the Marijuana Policy Project, a national pro-pot group that for the first time is starting an affiliate in the Empire State.

The MPP says it was founded in 1995 to advocate nationally for “sensible and compassionate” laws governing pot use.

In New York, the group will initially focus on promoting ways to strengthen the state's existing medical marijuana program, though D'Amato didn't rule out the idea that the group will be part of any future discussions about legalizing the recreational use of pot for adults.

New York growing its number of medical marijuana suppliers

In addition to D'Amato, the MPP also hired attorney and community organizer Landon Dais to serve as its New York political director.

Both D'Amato — who served in the Senate from 1981 to 1999 — and Dais said that after a slow start, New York's medical marijuana program can be transformed into a national leader.

"The (state) Health Department and the governor's office have come a long way in making the utilization of medical marijuana easier, better, more professional," D'Amato said. "That's a work in progress."

Read the entire article on the NY Daily News Here

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