Gov. Cuomo expected to announce loosening of medical marijuana laws

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to add New York to the 20 states allowing medical marijuana use.

Cuomo would use administrative powers rather than legislative action to allow a limited number of hospitals to use marijuana to treat certain ailments. The plan was first reported Saturday by The New York Times.

Marijuana remains illegal in New York, though possession of small amounts has been reduced to a low-level violation subject to a fine.

The state Drug Policy Alliance was briefed on Cuomo’s plan Saturday. Director Gabriel Sayegh says it’s a huge change but the state should still pursue legislative action to authorize medical use.

Cuomo was set to formally announce his plan in his state of the state speech Wednesday.

The Cuomo administration did not respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

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  • Debbie

    legalize it. It benefits people with health issues will free up the prison systems create revenue for the state keep it out of the hands of people under 21 it's a win win situation. Free up the police to solve real crimes. it's safer then alcohol people don't die from weed poisioning. it also has been medically proven that it is not transmitted to unborn fetuses like alcohol.

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