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Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

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.

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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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