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Medical marijuana industry proposes minority hiring program

The medical marijuana industry is proposing a massive minority contracting and hiring program to woo legislators to keep their weed firms in business.

They worry as lawmakers decide between two proposals to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bill regulates all cannabis products — recreational, medical marijuana and hemp — but the Legislature’s measure gives growers free range — which could mean death to medical pot.

“Our bill is deficient,” said Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn). “It doesn’t consult the medical marijuana experts. We need to give credit to those people who know the business.”

The concern of medical marijuana practitioners is that full-scale legalization will siphon away patients who currently need a prescription to get cannabis.

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