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Hospitals Back Providers Applying For New York State Marijuana Licenses

Picture of cannabis leaves taken at a lab in Santiago on April 7, 2015. Chile's congressional health committee approved a bil
Picture of cannabis leaves taken at a lab in Santiago on April 7, 2015. Chile's congressional health committee approved a bill Monday that would legalize the cultivation of marijuana for private recreational or medicinal use, sending it to the floor for a full debate. The bill would take marijuana off the list of hard drugs in the socially conservative country and make it a soft drug like alcohol. It would allow people over the age of 18 to grow up to six cannabis plants for their own use, or for use by minors if they are patients using the substance as part of a prescribed treatment regimen. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

New York’s new medical marijuana program has drawn the interest of several major hospitals, which have formed alliances with aspiring growers to try to make the drug accessible to their patients.

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