Fox 5 NY is reporting that the state of New York will give patients with certain serious illnesses faster access to medical marijuana as the state works out the details of its program.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that will speed up access to medical marijuana for people facing degenerative diseases and the threat of serious health risks. Under the measure the state of NY will work with regulated producers who can provide marijuana to patients as soon as possible.

This could come as relief for those suffering from AIDS, terminal cancers and the parents of children with severe epilepsy, who have pushed for early access.

New York's medical marijuana program is expected to be up and operational in January.