A deal has been reached to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Advocates for the bill asked the Governor to support passing the measure before session ended Thursday. The bill, also known as the Compassionate Care Act, would legalize medical marijuana for severely ill patients. The deal described Thursday would include the following: The deal does not include smoking. Instead, marijuana will be dosed in oils, pills, or be vaporized. The governor's office can suspend the program at any time, and the state police superintendent can recommend the Governor suspend the program if public risks are discovered. Doctors will decide if a patient is eligible, and the patient will then have to apply for a registration card with the department of health that they must carry at all times. Dosage will be determined by doctors on a patient basis. The DOH would be able to suspend or revoke the card of a patient who willfully violates any provision of the new law. There will be five registered organizations to run four dispensaries. Illnesses covered: epilepsy multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Neuropathies, Spinal cord injuries, HIV/AIDS, and cancer inflammatory bowel disease.
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