Two downstate lawmakers are introducing identical bills to decriminalize the use of pot for medical purposes. Manhattan state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried wants to allow residents with debilitating illnesses to grow or buy limited amounts of marijuana. State Senator Thomas Duane is introducing a similar measure in the state Senate.
A medical marijuana bill has passed in the state Assembly in recent years only to be killed in the then Republican-controlled state Senate.
Thirteen states allow residents to use marijuana for medical purposes.