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What's next for medical marijuana in NY?
ALBANY -- There was a renewed push to make pot legal by Assembly Democrats at the Capitol today.
Members of the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate made their case at the Legislative Office Building around noon.
The bill would allow for the use of marijuana under medical supervision to treat severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions.
Under the bill, the NYS Department of Health would certify and regulate the production and dispensing of medical marijuana, with additional oversight under the I-STOP prescription monitoring system enacted in 2012.
50% of the revenues generated by an excise tax on manufacturing and distribution would be shared with county governments.
According to a 2012 Siena poll, 61%-33% of New Yorkers support medical marijuana, including 69%-27% among independent voters.
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