Syracuse, N.Y. — New York is poised to loosen restrictions on its medical marijuana program by letting patients smoke the drug, grow it at home and use it to treat any condition.
Those changes are part of a new law signed March 31 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that legalizes recreational use of marijuana by adults and expands the state’s 5-year-old medical marijuana program.
Recreational marijuana will not be available until state officials finish drawing up regulations, a process that could take 12 to 18 months. But some of the changes affecting medical marijuana could happen sooner. The law says state rules for growing medical marijuana plants at home must be in place within six months.