New York legalized medical marijuana on Monday, June 7 when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law. The bill was passed by the State Assembly and Senate last month.
“If there is a medical advancement, then we want to make sure that we’re bringing it to New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said.
New York is the 23rd state to permit the use of medical marijuana. Under the new law, which will be rolled out over the next 18 months, doctors will be able to prescribe marijuana for people with qualifying conditions, such as cancer or epilepsy. The prescription can be vaporized or taken via capsule, but smoking cannabis is banned.