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Cuomo plans to pass executive action for medical marijuana


ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will pass an executive action this week that will allow for limited use of medical marijuana.

A rally brought dozens of people from all corners of New York State together at the Capitol on Monday. They say, now is the time for the legislature to pass medical marijuana, which in bill form, is known as the Compassionate Care Act.

It would allow people with serious, debilitating illnesses to have access to small amounts of marijuana.

Cuomo has said he plans to use an executive action to authorize it on a limited basis, meaning it'll only be available at 20 hospitals across the state.

However, protesters say it's not enough. Those at Monday's rally said it will take too long to implement and that the different types of marijuana won't be available.

They also say it can make a big difference for the seriously ill, including 3 year old Morgan. Morgan's mother, Kate Hintz said her daughter was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality, which means she's missing a part of her DNA and suffers from epilepsy.

Hintz wants Morgan to be treated with medical marijuana because she said she has seen the benefits in other states where it's already legal.

It's what brought Hintz and dozens of others to the Capitol, calling on the legislature to pass the Compassionate Care Act, which would allow medical marijuana for those who are seriously ill.

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