Deals in Albany on medical marijuana, Common Core

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are working toward adjournment with votes on a proposal to authorize medical marijuana and provide a safety net for teachers concerned about how the Common Core standards might affect evaluations.

The Legislature plans to end its six-month session Friday after working late Thursday.

The medical marijuana legislation crafted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers would allow qualifying patients to obtain non-smokeable marijuana.

Lawmakers are also considering Cuomo's proposal to prevent teachers from being fired over poor student scores on tests based on the controversial Common Core standards. The change would apply through the next school year.

Bills not making final cut include ones to raise the minimum wage, create broad public campaign financing, combat human trafficking and extend financial aid to students in the country illegally.

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