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New York Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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New York Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

On Friday, New York’s Senate and State Assembly approved a bill that will make the Empire State the 23rd U.S. state to allow medical marijuana use.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the Compassionate Care Act into law. The new law could require up to 18 months to go into full effect. While it will allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for very sick patients, only non-smokable forms of marijuana will be legal in New York, CNN notes.

New York’s medical marijuana bill also features criminal penalties for anyone who attempts to obtain the drug under fraudulent pretenses. It can also be suspended at any time at the recommendation of New York state police and medical authorities.

The number of states that allow medical marijuana use is growing steadily, with Florida joining the list last week.

(Published by Investor Place - June 23, 2014)

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