Governor Andrew Cuomo urges the Health Department to enact part of the medical marijuana law immediately to help children suffering from epilepsy.
While the rest of the law won't be implemented for a year and a half, Cuomo wants to make marijuana oil available now for children who suffer from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.
The Food & Drug Administration has approved the study of the oil as an anti-seizure medication, and it has been used in clinical trials at New York University.
New York State became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana earlier this month when Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law.
Under the law, no smoking is allowed.
The drug can only be prescribed by licensed health care practitioners who register with the state.