Calling it a “watered-down version” of what lawmakers had initially sought, Fordham Law professor and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr Teachout slammed the medical marijuana program approved on Friday by the Legislature.

In criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to create a tightly regulated medical marijuana program, Teachout pointed to the criminal penalties included in the law as well as the overall impact drug laws have on minority communities.

“The result is a confusing patchwork of punitive marijuana laws,” Teachout said in a statement. “Our state is the worst for marijuana arrests in the nation and overwhelmingly punishes working class New Yorkers of color. Although the deal is a step forward, it’s unconscionable that Governor Cuomo continues to play politics with an issue that could bring immediate relief to sick and vulnerable New Yorkers. He argued that any greater step forward would be unsafe, but the current laws are unsafe: they lead to suffering and senseless incarceration.”

Cuomo had sought to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in order to stem stop-and-frisk arrests in New York City, which failed to be approved in the Senate. Cuomo has said the decriminalization effort wasn’t aimed at smoking marijuana, but halting the method of arrests.

Teachout is running a Democratic primary against Cuomo this summer and is petitioning her way onto the ballot after failing to receive the endorsement of the Working Families Party.