The US state of New York is allow the medical use of cannabis.
Although possession of the drug in the state is currently illegal, around 20 hospitals are to be allowed to dispense the drug to patients with severe illnesses such as cancer.
New York will be the 21st state to change the drug’s status. Washington state is expected to follow suit later this year.
Recently there has been a growing relaxation of US laws governing the use of marijuana – on January 1 Colorado began selling it for recreational purposes.