State tweaks med­i­cal pot law but still no talk of le­gal­iza­tion

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AL­BANY | New York is loos­en­ing re­stric­tions in its nearly year-old med­i­cal mar­i­juana law but, to the dis­may of some pot ad­vo­cates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in em­brac­ing full le­gal­iza­tion.

Among the lat­est to do so are two in the North­east — Mas­sachusetts and Maine — and the huge state of Cal­i­for­nia. Still, Gov. An­drew Cuomo re­mains a skep­tic of out­right recre­ational use, and le­gal­iza­tion faces chal­lenges in the Leg­is­la­ture too.

New York’s med­i­cal mar­i­juana law still has some of the strictest rules among the more than 20 states that al­low med­i­cal pot.

Among its re­quire­ments: that pot prod­ucts can’t be dis­pensed in smoke­able form and that physi­cians com­plete a train­ing course to ap­prove the drug for pa­tients.

So far 750 physi­cians have signed up to par­tic­i­pate, and 10,730 pa­tients have been cer­ti­fied, a num­ber that dis­pen­sary op­er­a­tors have com­plained has made it hard to turn a profit.

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