NY governor expected to approve medical marijuana use

Patients suffering from serious illnesses, such as cancer and glaucoma, in New York state may soon be able to take hospital-prescribed medical marijuana if Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces his approval plan this week, the New York Times reported. The plan gives 20 hospitals across the state permission to prescribe the drug to patients with diseases that meet standards set by the Department of Health. However, it will be stricter than laws in Colorado and Washington, where patients can get medical marijuana for conditions like backaches. New York would join 20 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing the use of medical marijuana, but only Washington and Colorado have decriminalized recreational marijuana use. Article