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Gov. Cuomo rejects medical marijuana bill

ALBANY (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 says Tuesday the changes to the so-called "Compassionate Care Act" don't include a ban smoking the drug and requiring the program to 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 says negotiations with Cuomo's office are continuing.

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