How a 14 year old Legalized Medical MJ in NY

New York is the 23rd state to legalize the use of medical marijuana with special thanks to 14 year old Oliver Miller. Read on to find out the inspiring events leading to the groundbreaking decision.

August 25, 2014
Written by HERB

New York is the 23rd US state to legalize medical marijuana, mostly thanks to 14 year old Oliver Miller, and the efforts of his mother, Missy. Read on to find out the full scoop on how they managed to sway politicians to their cause.

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How a 14 year old Legalized Medical MJ in NY

By The Stoner's Cookbook

New York is the 23rd state to legalize the use of medical marijuana with special thanks to 14 year old Oliver Miller. Read on to find out the inspiring events leading to the groundbreaking decision.

  • Meet Oliver

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    Oliver is a 14 yr old from New York. He suffered a brain stem injury when he was in utero & has hundreds of seizures daily on top of other medical issues. Marijuana is one of few drugs that can help.

  • State of the Nation

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    It was June 2014 and 22 states had legalized the use of medical marijuana at that point, but New York was moving slow. Marijuana legalization was deemed a low priority by the local politicians.

  • Extreme Dedication

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    Frustrated, Oliver's mother devoted her life to legalizing medical marijuana, rallying parents of kids with the same needs as her son. This group created a website & commercial to support the cause.

  • The Power of People

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    The parents brought their children to meet with local politicians, and then eventually, Senator Dean Skelos in order to bring to light the extent of their children's suffering.

  • Changing Perspectives

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    Originally Skelos had put legalization near the bottom of the agenda. However, after meeting these children who were suffering so much, he changed his mind and voted 'yes' to legalization.

  • The Finale

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    From there, on Saturday, July 5th 2014, Governer Cuomo signed the measure, and the rest is history.

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