The steps for New York to legalize marijuana was to craft the Compassionate Care Act, which was pushed by pro-cannabis advocacy groups. For the Governor and state legislative to consider passing a medical marijuana bill took this push by these groups to start forming the Compassionate Care Act, which passed the state assembly and senate in June 2014 and then signed by Governor Cuomo in September 2014.
Marijuana in New York was legalized by passing a bill and through voting system. New York state lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on June 2015 and this law has been effective since January 6th 2016. Among all other states, New York’s law has been very strict.
New York has still not legalized the possession of marijuana, but there are many organizations and legislatures who are working on bills to legalize medicinal marijuana. It has been recorded the NYPD has cut their marijuana arrests in half, but there is still an overwhelming amount of people incarcerated for using or possessing marijuana. In order to pass marijuana, there would have to be several bills passed to regulate it.