Albany, NY (WIBX) - A bill to legalise medicinal marijuana just passed the Assembly and was delivered to the State Senate.

The Assembly’s Health Committee Chair, Richard Gottfried, who sponsored the bill, along with Senate Children and Families Committee Chair Diane Savino, said that the restrictions put on medicinal marijuana would be even more restrictive than those on highly addictive drugs such as hydrocodone.

Both the FDA and DEA have approved the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, in its synthetic pill form since 1986. However, some say that the dosage in the pills is overkill for most patients, who would benefit significantly from a smaller amount of the drug.

The Senate is expected to vote on the measure prior to the close of this session.