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Medical Marijuana deal reached in NY
ALBANY - Governor Cuomo has announced a deal with lawmakers on a medical marijuana bill.
In an announcement Thursday afternoon Cuomo announced, that if the bill is passed, medical marijuana would be allowed for approved patients who receive a prescription from a certified and registered doctor. Patients would be issued a registry card.
Those that are prescribed would not be allowed to smoke the medical marijuana, however vapors, oils and pills would be how medical marijuana will be prescribed.
About a dozen health conditions would be covered including HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. The Department of Health would run the program and would have the power to add health conditions in the future.
State Police say that new penalties would be added for practitioners that fraudulently dispense, as well as those that are prescribed marijuana who abuse the system.
The Department of Health would license 5 locations that would grow and moderate up to 4 dispensaries. Cuomo stresses that the Department of Health has control of the amount of dispensaries, as well as the diseases that qualify for a prescription.
The Governor said that if the State Police or Health Commissioner raised concerns about public safety or public health once the program was underway, the Governor would have the power to end the program.
We dont know when the Senate and Assembly will vote on the bill. Lawmakers who were part of the negotiations say they believe they have enough votes to pass the bill.