05/27/2014 04:03 pm ET Updated Jul 27, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in New York

On Tuesday, the Compassionate Care Act successfully traversed the New York State Senate Health Committee via a very close margin of 9-8.

Said bill skated through the committee with the help of one trendsetting Republican senator who goes by the name William Larkin. Senator Larkin joined eight Democrats in a "yes" vote, allowing the bill to progress further along the legislative gauntlet of scrutiny.

Senator Brad Hoylman, who voted in favor of the legislation, claims that the bill in question "is really about a simple concept, which is to alleviate suffering."

With hopes of improving the bill's chances of progressing, the legislation's champion, Senator Diane Savino, restricted the list of qualifying conditions to a mere 20 ailments, including debilitating diseases such as AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Senator Savino claims that if her legislation is indeed triumphant, that it "would create the tightest, most-regulated program in the nation."

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