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Apr 16, 2019 (Apr 17, 2019) New York state could soon legalize recreational use of marijuana. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to legalize marijuana was dropped from the state budget in March, but Cuomo and state lawmakers suggest legalization could come later in the 2019 legislative session. As more states legalize recreational marijuana, there's at least one place where the rules haven't changed: the military. Active service members are strictly forbidden to use marijuana, whether it's recreational or medicinal.