Sen. Gillibrand touts medical marijuana bill in western NY

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AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is joining with patients and families to promote a bill that would remove federal prohibitions on medical marijuana in New York and 22 other state's where it's legal.

Gillibrand will be at a neurological center in Amherst and a breast cancer organization in Rochester on Monday. She's co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution.

The bill also would allow doctors at veterans' hospitals to prescribe pot for medical purposes and allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana dispensaries.

The bill is likely to face strong opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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