New York is set to become the 20th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the move Friday.
The state will join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana.
“The fact that we are now the 20 th state in the country is a historic milestone,” Schneiderman said.
“This decision will have ripple effects throughout New York and throughout the country.”
The state, which has about 4 million residents, became the first in the nation to legalize marijuana in 2018.
It became the fifth state to decriminalize it in 2019.
In New York, people who have been arrested for marijuana possession will be required to undergo an evaluation and counseling program to help them stay clean.
The program will cost $150 a week for the first five days.
New Yorkers will be allowed to grow up to four plants at home and six plants in their vehicles, and the city will allow those with up to six plants to have up to 30 percent of their supply sold for retail sales.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo both support legalizing marijuana.
The governor of Pennsylvania also supports legalizing marijuana, but he is still weighing whether to sign a bill that would make possession of up to 25 grams a first offense a felony.
Christie said in January he did not plan to sign the bill into law.
“We have not made up our mind on this,” Christie said at the time.
“I don’t think that we have enough information to say that this is the right thing for the state of Pennsylvania, but I think the right time is now to move forward.”
California, Florida, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin are also expected to make the change, with the next steps expected to be announced in the next two weeks.
New Hampshire and Vermont are also planning to legalize recreational marijuana by 2020.