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
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
, 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.