At a Thursday press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and leaders from the legislature announced a compromise on medical marijuana. Most of the Cuomo’s demands were agreed to.

A last minute deal has been reached right before the end of the legislative session in New York state. At a Thursday press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and leaders from the legislature announced a compromise on medical marijuana. Most of the demands made by Cuomo were agreed to.

The deal would result in one of the most restricted medical marijuana laws in the country. It is set to sunset in seven years but can be renewed. The governor would also be able to suspend the program if recommended by the state health commissioner or state police superintendent.

Patients with specific medical conditions can get a doctors recommendation to register for the program. This would allow them to get medical marijuana from a limited number of highly regulated marijuana centers.

The medical marijuana could be consumed orally or vaporized, but not smoked. This will make it the second state to adopt a no-smoking medical marijuana law. Earlier this year Minnesota adopted a medical marijuana law with a similar restriction.

In addition, the compromise would put in place new penalties for people who falsify information to get access to the program or divert the medical marijuana to people who are not the intended recipients.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

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