Governor Cuomo expected to announce medical marijuana’s arrival in New York

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce that medical marijuana will be coming to New York.

People briefed by the governor’s office have said he will make the announcement during his State of The State address Wednesday.

“The governor didn’t want to wait,” Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance said Sunday. “Moving forward with this interim step.”

Sayegh said Cuomo’s office told his organization of the plan Saturday.

“They let us know they were committed to New York having the best medical marijuana law in the country,” said Sayegh.

Cuomo is expected to take an executive action to make medical marijuana legal. Using a provision in a public health law from 1980, he would bypass the state legislature.

This plan would make medical marijuana more limited than it is in other states. It would be available in 20 hospitals through out the state and would be for only very sick patients.

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