Submitted by ub on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 09:00

New York Governor says he has made up his mind. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to announce an executive action that would allow limited use of marijuana by residents with serious illnesses.

Governor Cuomo, who is a Democrat had resisted legalizing medical marijuana, but his change of mind comes as other states are taking increasingly liberal positions on it.

In Colorado, thousands have bought the drug for recreational use since it became legal on Jan. 1.

Mr. Cuomo has a plan that will be much more restrictive than the laws in California, where medical marijuana is available to people with conditions as mild as backaches.

There will be 20 hospitals in New York that will have the authority to prescribe marijuana to patients with cancer, glaucoma or other diseases that meet standards to be set by the New York State Department of Health.

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