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Cuomo’s cautious plan for legal pot provokes skeptics

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his annual State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his annual State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Wednesday.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a political splash by introducing a medical marijuana plan in his State of the State speech Wednesday, but his cautious approach has been met with skepticism from pot advocates who question whether the proposal is mostly for show. While nearly two dozen states have OK’d marijuana for medical purposes and Colorado and Washington have legalized its recreational use, Cuomo is tapping a 1980 state law to allow as many as 20 ...

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