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Medical marijuana available sooner?

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to speed up the process of legalizing medical marijuana for children with epilepsy.

Cuomo wrote a letter with this request to Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

Cuomo cited the recent deaths of  two Western New York girls, 9 and 3-years-old, suffering from epilepsy as a reason to make the drug available sooner.

The Compassionate Care Act is set to begin in January of 2016.

"Striking the right balance to ensure public safety and public health are protected is crucial. That said, I ask that you review the eighteen month implementation timeline to determine if there is any way to accelerate the process for this specific dire population," wrote Cuomo.

You can read the full letter by clicking here.

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Washington Times