ALBANY, New York (AP):
New York would become the 21st state
to allow medical use of marijuana under an initiative Governor Andrew
Cuomo will unveil this week.
Cuomo plans to use administrative
powers rather than legislative action to allow a limited number of
hospitals to dispense marijuana for certain ailments. He will formally
announce his plans in his state of the state speech Wednesday.
The New York Times
first reported Cuomo's plan Saturday. It represents an about-face by
Cuomo, who had previously opposed medical marijuana. Administration
officials told the newspaper the medical marijuana policy will be more
restrictive than in states like Colorado and California and subject to
New York Health Department standards. Continue Reading...