Senate co-leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, left, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, leave a news conference after announcing an agreement on legislation legalizing medical marijuana on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. A vote on the legislation is expected Thursday night when the legislative session is scheduled to end. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Cuomo Says Deal Reached on Medical Marijuana Bill
Albany, NY (WBEN) Governor Cuomo says there's a deal on a bill for medical marijuana. Cuomo says the bill strikes the right balance.
The bill will not allow marijuana to be smoked, but the list of eligible conditions will not be overly expansive.
He warns those who defraud the system can face criminal penalties, and he has the power to suspend the program at any time.
Sen. Diane Savino, one of the bill sponsors, says marijuana can be prescribed for at least six diseases, including epilepsy, AIDS, ALS and neuropathy.
The program won't start for at least 18 months, with five regulated organizations allowed to grow the drug in the state and operate four dispensaries each.