Key lawmaker says medical marijuana will happen

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The future of a medical marijuana bill in New York rests with a top ranking Republican Senator who opposes the measure, but says there could be some form of legalization of the drug before the end of session in June.

Sen. John DeFrancisco, chairman of the finance committee, says Wednesday he's opposed to the "Compassionate Care Act" passed by the Assembly. But he's open to a bill proposed by a fellow Republican senator that would prohibit smoking the drug while allowing it to be administered through a vaporizer, oils or edibles.

The Compassionate Care Act would allow patients with one of 20 illnesses to use the drug. It cleared a major hurdle last week with passage in the Senate health committee and now awaits consideration by the finance committee.

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