DEER PARK - More than 600 New York doctors surveyed have pledged their support for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Legislation being considered in the Legislature would permit, but strictly regulate medical marijuana. It would only be allowed under medical supervision and for serious or terminal illnesses.

Under provisions of the medical marijuana legislation introduced in Albany, the New York Department of Health would be responsible for all the rules and regulations of usage.

Medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C.