Possession is a decriminalized (unless open to public view). Sales are a misdemeanor (25 g or less). Transportation remains illegal, whereas cultivation is a misdemeanor.
On June 3, 2013, the NY State Assembly passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana with 99 Assembly members voting Yes and 41 Voting No. It was delivered to the Senate and was voted down. On January 4, 2014 Governor Cuomo announced an upcoming initiative to enact medical marijuana laws by executive order. On June 20, 2014, the Legislature passed a bill allowing non-smokable medical marijuana. On July 5, 2014 Governor Cuomo signed New York’s medical marijuana bill into law with a ceremonial signature taking place the following Monday in New York City.
On July 14, 2014, New York legalized medical marijuana when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law. The legislation only allows patients to ingest cannabis using edibles, oils, pills, or vaporization, and does not allow smoking of the plant material.