Legislature, Governor Reach Agreement on Medical Marijuana

June 19, 2014 Updated Jun 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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June 19, 2014 Updated Jun 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM EDT

ALBANY, NY (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on making medical marijuana legal in New York.

A bill will establish a medical marijuana program in the state. Only patients with serious conditions will be eligible.

Qualified patients would be allocated a maximum 30-day supply of the drug, but only in its smokeless form, usually an oil.

Insurance companies will not be required to cover medical marijuana.

It will take as long as 18 months before the program is up and running. The law will sunset in seven years unless lawmakers extend it.

The State Senate is expected to vote on the 48-page bill sometime during the overnight.