NEW YORK — Legislative leaders said on Thursday that they had a tentative agreement on a pilot program to provide access to medical marijuana to sick New Yorkers, making the state one of the largest to embrace the drug as medicine.
The announcement came after days of intense negotiations between the Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, who had proffered a more restrictive system earlier this year that was roundly criticized as unworkable for the needs of thousands of potential patients.
The agreement included a major demand of the Cuomo administration: that no smoking of the drug would be permitted, though a variety of other options – including edibles and tinctures – would be. Patients would also be allowed to inhale if the drug was vaporized, similar to e-cigarettes.