This has been a great week for marijuana.

First the year began with upwards of $1 million worth of weed being sold on the first day of legalization in Colorado, now New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reportedly seen the light and will announce an executive action that will allow limited use of medical marijuana in the state. 

Be advised that New York's medical marijuana plan will be extremely stringent:

Mr. Cuomo’s plan will be far more restrictive than the laws in Colorado or California, where medical marijuana is available to people with conditions as mild as backaches. It will allow just 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe marijuana to patients with cancer, glaucoma or other diseases that meet standards to be set by the New York State Department of Health.

The New York Times reports that while the state aims to begin providing medical marijuana this year, it's still too early to pinpoint when, exactly, patients will be able to indulge. The Times also notes that Cuomo changed his mind about medical marijuana in New York because he's convinced his plan can truly help those in need.

It also doesn't hurt that he's up for election and polls have shown overwhelming support for medical marijuana in the state.

[via New York Times]

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