I love those online petitions that automatically email your representatives on your behalf…

Except when my representative doesn’t agree with me, though I love how his answer is worded. It looks like he has a really good communications staff.

I’m still miffed his campaign headquarters forced my boss to sell his coffee shop (to someone out of state, by the way), though I understand that wasn’t necessarily his fault. I guess call me crazy for thinking he should throw some extra support to the local businesses directly next door, especially when is people were taking up the customer parking, sometimes all of it.
Consider that happening all summer long.

Yeah, business died, hard.



Dear Lisa,

Thank you for taking the time to email me, inquiring my opinion of legalizing marijuana.

Though I do agree with many points you have made, I do not believe we should allow the full legalization of marijuana in New York at this time.

It was only last session that we legalized the sales and use of medical marijuana, an act that has yet to yield results. Given the magnitude of input that it took to legalize medical marijuana, we should give due consideration before moving forward.

As other states are taking more aggressive approaches to legalizing of marijuana, I believe it would be in our best interest to see the effects of legalization on those States.

I appreciate hearing the opinions of all my constituents. Should you ever have another issue arise, please do not hesitate to contact my office via email or phone; funke@nysenate.gov or518.455.2215.


Senator Rich Funke, 55th District

District Office
Suite 230 Packetts Landing
Fairport, NY 14450
PHONE: (585) 223-1800
FAX: (585) 223-3157


[UPDATE 2/24/2015]


Dear Ms. Rickman:


Thank you for contacting my office regarding the regulation of marijuana.  I appreciate you expressing your views on this important topic.


Many studies have shown that the medical use of marijuana can have effective practical applications, including alleviating pain and increasing appetite.  In addition, it has been shown that medical marijuana does not have the same negative side effects that are inherent in many other prescription medications.  I believe that ultimately the use of medical marijuana is a decision that should be made by a physician and their patients, and I am a sponsor of A.8341 (Gottfried), that would provide for medical use of marijuana.  I have also voted in favor of the bill A.6716a (Camara) to adjust the charge for public possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana from a class B misdemeanor to a violation, which is the same penalty for private possession.


The Marijuana Taxation and Regulation Act would go further by providing for the regulation and taxation of the recreational use of marijuana.  This bill has yet to come up for a vote in the full Assembly.  Please know that when it does, I will keep your views in mind while deciding my vote.


Thank you again for taking the time to write to my office.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any other concerns you may have regarding state issues.




Harry B. Bronson

Member of Assembly

840 University Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607


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