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Cuomo asks DOH to speed up medical marijuana implementation

ALBANY -- Governor Cuomo is asking the Department of Health to speed up the implementation of the Compassionate Care Act to help children with epilepsy.

The request comes after the deaths of two littler girls in Western New York this month. The bill passed in June, but it will be at least 18 months before medical marijuana will be available to patients. Families of children with debilitating conditions like epilepsy say that is too long to wait.

"Families with children struggling from epilepsy have fought for years for the passage of the Compassionate Care Act," says the governor's letter. "Now that it is finally law, the children struggling with this condition deserve every consideration."

A closed door meetings with parents, advocates and lawmakers was held earlier this week. While no promises were made, lawmakers did say they would alert everyone about any new developments.

You can read the full letter sent by the governor here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/GAMCDOHZucker.pdf.