Gov. Andrew Cuomo surprised New Yorkers this weekend when news leaked of his move in support of medical marijuana laws. The governor plans to bypass the state Legislature and issue an executive order allowing the use of medical pot,
The plan revolves around a little-known 1980 law that allows 20 hospitals in the state to prescribe marijuana for patients with cancer and glaucoma. Cuomo officially announced his shift in the State of the State speech Wednesday afternoon.
Twenty states already allow use of medical marijuana, Cuomo noted in his speech. "We will monitor the program to evaluate the effectiveness and the feasibly of a medical marijuana system."
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