It looks like New York is joining the ranks of those states that allow medicinal use of marijuana. A new law will permit 20 hospitals in New York to prescribe marijuana to patients with severe illnesses.
"We will monitor the program to evaluate the effectiveness and the feasibility of a medical marijuana system," Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, said in his State of the State address.
Some New Yorkers in the North Country say the announcement is great news for those suffering with painful conditions.
"I know many people with multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia from other states that use it and see really therapeutic benefits from it, so yes I think it does help patients," said T.J. Campbell of Cadyville.
While there are those who are pleased that Governor Cuomo is signing an executive order to allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes, there are others who believe the law will not go far enough.
"I suffer from post-traumatic stress due to my service in the war, and the only state you're eligible to receive medical marijuana for PTSD is New Mexico. New York you won't be eligible for it, but we're one step closer to legalization, something less to worry about," said Jesse Atkinson of Saranac.
Others say medical marijuana could have positive side effects on New York's future.
"It's like anything... if you can use it in moderation," said Zack Tourville of Plattsburgh.
Tourville points to how legal recreational use in Colorado is generating money for that state's economy.
"I've also read that they've promised a good portion of that to go to public schools, so if we could do that here that would be awesome," Tourville said.
There are those who disapprove of the use of marijuana under any circumstance, but Cuomo promises this program will bring about a healthier New York.
Cuomo has yet to announce which 20 hospitals will take part or when the law will take effect.
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