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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at the State University of New York campus in Old Westbury, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2013. Joining a growing group of states that have loosened restrictions on the use of marijuana, Mr. Cuomo plans to announce an executive action that would allow limited use of the drug by those with serious illnesses, according to state officials. (MICHAEL NAGLE/NYT)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at the State University of New York campus in Old Westbury, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2013. Joining a growing group of states that have loosened restrictions on the use of marijuana, Mr. Cuomo plans to announce an executive action that would allow limited use of the drug by those with serious illnesses, according to state officials. (MICHAEL NAGLE/NYT)

New York reaches deal to become 23rd state to allow medical marijuana Add to ...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers announced a deal on Thursday to allow limited access to medical marijuana, making New York the 23rd state to offer some kind of access to the drug for the sick.

“This is probably the most difficult piece of legislation we have completed in four years,” Cuomo said, adding that the state had to balance public health and public safety concerns.

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“My trepidation has always been the risk,” he said.

The legislation has been the subject of a flurry of last-minute negotiations as New York’s current legislative session draws to a close.

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