New York governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

July 7, 2014 8:36 PM

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New York governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday he had signed legislation making New York the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, calling his approach, which forbids smoking of the drug and includes strict limits, the "smartest" any state had taken so far.

Under the guidelines, access to the drug will be limited to patients with very serious and terminal illnesses, the drug can only be administered through vaporizing, oils and edibles, and Cuomo reserves the right to disband the program at any time.

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