Medical marijuana in NY remains out of reach

ALBANY, N.Y. — The 10-year-old girl stood smiling at the governor's side as he signed a medical marijuana bill into law last July.

Amanda Houser was so excited for the event, her mother said, her health problems — a rare form of epilepsy — were nearly forgotten for the day. And the photo from the New York City event of Amanda bashfully holding her cheeks next to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of the more memorable images from his time in office.

But the good feelings from the event have gradually subsided, and ill patients are increasingly frustrated that, nearly a year later, they still can't access medical marijuana in New York.

"She really shined that day, knowing that she might get the medicine," Amanda's mother, Maryanne, of Suffern, Rockland County, said. "She asks: 'When am I going to get it?' She's tired of being different from the other kids."...

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