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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he understands the benefits of medical marijuana but at this point believes the risks still outweigh them.
Cuomo tells reporters in Utica Monday that he understands there has been more research and the issue can be re-evaluated, but he doesn't believe there is enough time in this year's legislative session to do that properly.
In his 2010 campaign, Cuomo rejected legalizing marijuana for medical use, but has since said he's reconsidering.
Cuomo says New York still has what he calls "a terrible problem" with drug use. He notes that many states that legalized its prescription use also have provisions for patients to grow it at home.
He calls it a complicated issue.
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