New York is set to become the latest state legalizing medical marijuana under plans drawn up under its new governor, according to a recent Telegraph story. The move is expected to be announced over the next few days, which would add New York to the list of over 20 states that have already legalized the substance for medical purposes. It’s also a significant changes of pace for a state that has historically prosecuted drug offenses with vigor, issuing over 450,000 misdemeanor marijuana charges between 2002 and 2012.
Several other states have also begun liberalizing their marijuana policy following the high profile recreational legalization of the drug in Colorado. Washington residents voted for the rights to use the drug recreationally, while Portland, Maine became the first city to vote for recreational legalization, taking the fight down to the municipal level.