Expert at NY-run med school raps Cuomo's pot plan

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A drug addiction expert at a state-run medical school says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to make marijuana available in New York for medical purposes is "ridiculous" and will result in stoned slackers with lung disease.

Dr. Brian Johnson tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/1lEkk4G ) that Cuomo's plans for medical marijuana use at up to 20 hospitals throughout the state will produce "a bunch of stupid stoners" with lung disease who think they should go on disability "because they don't want to get off the couch."

Johnson is director of addiction psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He told the newspaper that marijuana is a destructive drug and "hyping it as a medical treatment is ridiculous."

Cuomo outlined a limited medical marijuana initiative during his State of the State speech Wednesday.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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