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NY to give the critically ill faster access to medical pot

NY to give the critically ill faster access to medical pot

New York will give patients with certain serious illnesses faster access to medical marijuana as the
NY to give the critically ill faster access to medical pot
In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 photo, a flower nearly ready for harvest sits atop a mature marijuana plant at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash.
Photographer: The Associated Press

New York will give patients with certain serious illnesses faster access to medical marijuana as the state works out the details of its full medical cannabis program.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that will speed up access to the drug for people facing degenerative diseases and the threat of serious health risks. Under the measure the state will work with regulated producers who can provide marijuana to patients as soon as possible.

New York's medical marijuana program is expected to be operational in January — a full 18 months after lawmakers approved it.

People with AIDS, terminal cancers and the parents of children with severe epilepsy have long sought early access, arguing that critically ill individuals shouldn't have to wait any longer.

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