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Medical marijuana bill introduced before deadline
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP and CBS6) -- New York lawmakers have amended a bill that would legalize medical marijuana, just beating a deadline and setting up a possible vote by the end of the week.
The so-called Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize medical marijuana for severely ill patients, was amended just before midnight Monday to remove three conditions marijuana could be prescribed for: diabetes, lupus and post-concussion syndrome. It also does away with the advisory panel that would oversee the program.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday voiced his concern on the legislation and made recommendations.
The amended bill needed the required three days to age before the legislative session ends Thursday.
A spokesman for bill co-sponsor Sen. Diane Savino says negotiations with Cuomo's office are still ongoing and amending the bill doesn't signify that a final deal has been reached.
As the bill currently stands, medical marijuana could be prescribed for the following conditions:
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Alzheimer's disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Traumatic brain injury
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal core with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Wasting syndrome
- Crohn's disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Huntinton's disease