NY: Cuomo counsel, legislators and players on details of marijuana plan

ALBANY—Tensions between the private marketplace and state regulation can seem especially fraught in the burgeoning industry of medical marijuana, as illustrated in a discussion hosted by Capital New York today that included a Cuomo administration official, the legislative sponsors of New York's medical marijuana law and experts in the sector. 

Responding to criticism about restrictions on the size and scope of New York's planned medical marijuana program, Governor Andrew Cuomo's incoming counsel Alphonso David said, "The reality is marijuana is still illegal, so we had to create a balanced piece of legislation and regulations."

Alphonso revealed that the state Department of Health will release final regulations in roughly two weeks, on a medical marijuana law that has been years in the making, in preparation for a new New York industry built around a substance that is outlawed by the federal government.

David was joined on a panel by Assemblyman Richard...

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