Report: New York Gov. Cuomo to allow limited use of medical marijuana

By REUTERS
January 5, 2014 03:53

New York will soon allow the limited use of medical marijuana for seriously ill patients under a plan the governor will announce in the next few days, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has steadily resisted pressure to legalize marijuana, was expected to announce the plan at Wednesday's State of the State address, according to the newspaper's website.




A spokesman for Cuomo was not immediately available to comment on the report.




The newspaper said the policy will be far more restrictive than the laws in Colorado or California, where medical marijuana is available to people with conditions such as backaches.




The move comes amid sharply shifting attitudes in the United States toward marijuana use.




Earlier this week, Colorado became the first state to regulate and sell marijuana for recreational use.



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