UPDATE 2-New York poised to become 23rd U.S. state to allow medical marijuana

June 20, 2014 12:13 AM

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NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) - Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers announced a deal on Thursday that would allow limited access to medical marijuana and make New York the 23rd U.S. state to offer some kind of availability of the drug for therapeutic purposes.

The program, which would bar smoking of marijuana but allow it to be eaten or vaporized, would be regulated by the state's Department of Health. It includes a "fail-safe" provision that would allow the governor to stop the program at any time, Cuomo told a news conference in Albany, the state capita...

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