New York is latest state to legalize recreational marijuana

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks March 24 during a news conference at his offices in New York. (Brendan McDermid/Pool Photo via AP, File)

New York adults over the age of 21 can now possess and use marijuana — even in public — under a legalization bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though legal sales of recreational-use cannabis won’t start for an estimated 18 months until regulations are set.