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New York eases medical marijuana restrictions, but shows no sign of legalization

Posted at 8:19 AM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 08:19:11-05

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is relaxing some restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law to boost patient access.

But to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization.

And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains a skeptic of recreational use with no compromise in sight.

The state’s medical marijuana law is one of the most restrictive in the nation, with less than 11,000 patients certified to receive the drug for medical purposes.

To boost patient access, the state will soon allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to certify patients. Officials are considering authorizing home deliveries and this past week announced plans to add chronic pain to a list of 10 qualifying conditions.