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Council support growing for medical marijuana

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Members of the Common Council appear to be shifting to support of additional medical marijuana access.

That developed from Tuesday's meeting of the Legislation Committee, with a long presentation from the Buffalo Marijuana Movement. The group says Albany's system for providing marijuana hasn't started, has no production in this area and doesn't help enough people.

Count Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt among those who are getting behind the movement.

I was from the same point of view that Council President was, that growing up marijuana was this...taboo," Wyatt acknowledged.

"But, knowing that the medicinal effect that how it can help people, especially children who are suffering, and even adults who are suffering. It's very important and I think from that standpoint, I'm in full support of it."

Councilmember Joe Golombek told the meeting he understood the issues because of caring for his father who died from lung cancer.

The movement says the Health Department target of January 5 isn't good enough and Buffalo needs its own system.