Key lawmakers expect medical marijuana bill today

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Key lawmakers say conversations on an agreement to legalize medical marijuana in New York with Gov. Andrew Cuomo are looking up and they expect to have a bill by this afternoon.

Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the sponsors of the so-called "Compassionate Care Act," say Thursday they hope to tie up loose ends on the measure by this afternoon so lawmakers have time to read the legislation.

The session is scheduled to end on Thursday. But Savino, a Staten Island Democrat, says lawmakers might have to extend their time in Albany until Friday.

Cuomo favors medical marijuana but has asked for changes in the legislation and wants to ban smoking the drug. He could authorize a vote without the usual three-day waiting period if a deal is reached.

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