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Medical marijuana bill amended
ALBANY Negotiations to legalize medical marijuana in New York went late into Monday night as state leaders tried to overcome remaining hurdles. Shortly before midnight an apparent deal was reached.
All remaining bills must be printed by 12:01am Tuesday to allow a three day waiting period before voting otherwise, the governor must issue a message of necessity.
Sources said leaders from the Senate Independent Democratic Conference and Sen. Diane Sevino, the bills sponsor, met immediately after session to discuss the bill.
Earlier in the day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled he had some reservations about the bill especially surrounding the ability of a patient to inhale marijuana.
From my perspective, I'm not in favor of medical marijuana for smoking and it seems very, very strange for me that a child that needs to have medical marijuana that he's going to smoke a joint, said Sen. Hugh Farley (R) Niskayuna. I more prefer the governor's approach. It's coming together and we'll see what happens.