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Medical marijuana bill passes committee vote

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in New York passed the Senate Health Committee Tuesday.

The passing of the Compassionate Care Act bill is considered a significant step toward legalizing medical marijuana in New York state.

The measure moves into the finance committee before being brought to a vote in the Senate.
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plans include allowing 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe medicinal marijuana to people with serious illnesses.

Not everyone is on board with legalizing marijuana in any capacity.

"We do think it is a dangerous drug, and we are opposed to legalizing marijuana in New York State," said Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. "Once you bring this out, it's very hard to regulate very hard to control and to limit who has access to it."

 
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