The current list of 10 qualifying conditions includes the likes of cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Huntington's disease. While medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2014 with the passing of the Compassionate Care Act, New York has been among the strictest jurisdictions in terms of granting access. In a state of almost 20 million people, only about 10,000 are currently certified by their doctors to use marijuana for treatment -- which, incidentally, is roughly the same number of people presently standing on line at Shake Shack.
While the state's decision is good news for proponents of greater medical access to marijuana, advocates for decriminalizing its recreational use have seen only modest progress on the local level. In 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that police would begin issuing a summons for those in possession of less than 25g of marijuana instead of making an arrest, with a maximum fine of $100 for the first offense.