In Albany, the New York State Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill on June 3rd, following last week’s vote to decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of pot. The medical bill passed with a huge margin of support, 95-38. A surprise vote in favor of the measure came from Republican Steve Katz, who reversed his position a year after voting against medical pot. Katz said he changed his mind because of a debilitating spinal condition his mother suffers from, and that access to medical marijuana might help her.

The bill now moves to the Senate for debate. If it passes, New York will become the 19th state with medical marijuana laws.