Medical marijuana bill introduced before deadline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have amended a bill that would legalize medical marijuana, just beating a deadline and setting up a possible vote by the end of the week.

The so-called Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize medical marijuana for severely ill patients, was amended just before midnight Monday to remove three conditions marijuana could be prescribed for: diabetes, lupus and post-concussion syndrome. It also does away with the advisory panel that would oversee the program.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday voiced his concern on the legislation and made recommendations.

The amended bill needed the required three days to age before the legislative session ends Thursday.

A spokesman for bill co-sponsor Sen. Diane Savino says negotiations with Cuomo's office are still ongoing and amending the bill doesn't signify that a final deal has been reached.

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