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Cuomo to legalize Medical Marijuana in NY

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This week, Governor Cuomo is expected to announce that those with Cancer, Glaucoma and certain other illnesses will have access to medical marijuana.

Under his plan, 20 hospitals across New York State would be able to prescribe it.

The New York Times reports that the state is hoping to be able to dispense the drug sometime this year.

Professor David Birdsell of Baruch College says New Yorkers overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana for medical uses.

Governor Cuomo faces re-election this year.

His position would align him with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.

We're expecting Governor Cuomo to announce these changes in his State of the State address on Wednesday.

We reached out to the Governor's office for comment, but so far have not heard back.

The Chairman of the State Conservative party criticized the Governor's decision to loosen restrictions on a drug that he says has no proven medical benefits.

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