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How the marijuana deal was made

Albany, N.Y. - The clock is still ticking, but it appears a deal has been reached before the end of the legislative session, allowing a medical marijuana compromise to be reached.

At a Thursday afternoon news conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced he was pleased with changes made to what has become known as the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that will allow for marijuana to be used to certain diseases and illnesses.

Unlike the previous version of the bill, the newest version prohibits marijuana from being smoked. Those prescribed will have to use a vaporization technique, oils or pills.

Cuomo also told reporters that under the new version of the bill, he would have the ability to shut the medical marijuana program down problems came to fruition with how the program was being implemented.

"The governor can suspend the program based on the recommendation of two commissioners," Cuomo said at the news conference. "This gives me total comfort."

According to a news release from the Cuomo Administration, doctors will be given the authority to write prescriptions for medical marijuana, but those doctors must be registered with the New York Department of Health.

Medical marijuana will be available via prescription for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication on intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowl disease, neuropathies, or Huntington's Disease.

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