New York governor plans to loosen marijuana restrictions

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce a new guideline allowing limited use of marijuana for medical purposes. The policy change comes after Colorado became the first US state to legalize the drug for recreational use on January 1. California has also loosened its rules on medical marijuana. New York retains some of the most draconian sanctions of any US state for individuals caught dealing or using drugs. However Cuomo’s apparent policy U-turn would inch it closer to the softer policies that are rapidly gaining traction in the United States. The move comes amid a nationwide campaign to relax laws on marijuana use which has been buoyed by shifting attitudes on the drug.

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