|[Gov. Andrew Cuomo]
[Source: Associated Press]
New York became the 23rd state to allow for the use of cannabis for medical purposes on July 5 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that passed both chambers of New York Legislature with strong support (Senate: 49-10; Assembly: 117-13). The state also became only the second, after Minnesota, to ban the smoking of cannabis while allowing vaporizing oil, cannabis-infused edibles and topical ointments.
New York officials now have 18 months to draft and create regulations for the new industry.