New York becomes next state to legalize medical marijuana. New Yorkers will AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, certain spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies and Huntington’s Disease will be able to get the drug in non-smoking forms, such as oil base, inhale it with a vaporizer, or ingest it in food.

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York is now the 23rd state in the country to authorize marijuana as a medical treatment, though the state will have one of the more restrictive programs in the U.S.

Under legislation signed into law on Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, patients with one of 10 diseases will be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug. Instead, the drug must be ingested or administered through a vaporizer or oil base.

The governor is expected to hold a formal signing ceremony for the new law on Monday in New York City.

Cuomo opposed allowing medical pot in plant form, saying the drug could have ended up in the wrong hands. The compromise was one of the final measures passed by lawmakers before they adjourned last month.

“We wanted to do it, but we wanted to do it right and that was the balance…

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