Newly amended medical marijuana bill rejected by Gov. Cuomo

Posted at 5:15 AM, Jun 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-18 05:15:17-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rejected a medical marijuana bill newly amended by lawmakers to address some of the concerns he’s raised in negotiations.

Cuomo said Tuesday the changes to the Compassionate Care Act don’t include a ban on smoking the drug or a requirement that the program be evaluated in five years.

Lawmakers revised the measure late Monday, just beating a deadline and setting up a possible vote by the end of the week.

Cuomo tells public radio’s Capitol Pressroom that there has been progress in talks, but no resolution.

The bill would legalize medical marijuana for severely ill patients. Among the changes Monday was allowing only doctors to prescribe the drug.

A spokesman for bill co-sponsor Sen. Diane Savino said negotiations with Cuomo’s office are continuing.