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New York legalized recreational marijuana on March 31, 2021. The long-awaited reform was made official under Senate Bill S845A, the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act. Previously, the state legalized medical marijuana in July of 2014, becoming the 23rd state to do so, with the passing of the Compassionate Care Act.

Possession, home cultivation and use of cannabis are now permitted In New York. However, recreational dispensaries are not yet open, and are slated to begin sales some time in 2022. Medical cannabis dispensaries are currently open to registered patients. Patients are allowed to purchase a variety of different products and can purchase and possess up to a 60-day supply at any given time.