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Poll: 88% of NYers want medical marijuana

ALBANY -- A recent Quinnipiac Poll shows New York State adults are high on the idea of using marijuana for recreational and medical use.

The poll shows 57% of those surveyed said they would support marijuana for "personal" use while 88% said they support using the drug for medical uses.

Melissa Hilt, a Capital Region mother of two, says her 7 year-old daughter needs medical marijuana to stop her seizures. The family has tried every other medication possible but her daughter, Haley, continues to have about 20 episodes a day, Hilt said.

"It is absolutely (the last resort)," said Hilt. "Our hopes are all on this medication. We are just hoping the state will help us to help her."

Last month Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 20 hospitals, state wide, would be eligible to dispense a specific form of medical marijuana later this year. Haley Hilt, the daughter of Melissa, would not be eligible under the Governor's program.

Senator Diana Savino, member of the Independent Democratic Conference, is behind a bill that would expand Cuomo's plan.

Savino says she expects that debate to be sparked sometime after the budget process.

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