If New York legalizes pot, what happens to its medical marijuana program?

On a rainy night in September, hundreds of people packed into the Kumble Theater at Long Island University Brooklyn to talk about pot. The event was one of 15 listening sessions Gov. Andrew Cuomo set up around the state for input to draft legislation that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. Each attendee had two minutes to speak, and many spoke passionately about the medical benefits of the drug. New Yorker Tom Hilgardner argued that the distinction between medical and recreational cannabis should no longer exist. “It’s really of no use,” he said. “All use, even self-medication – people

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