New York City will become the first major US city where people can grow and sell marijuana.
The city council voted on Monday night to approve legislation allowing the cultivation, sale and cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes, The Associated Press reported.
The move will be in place by mid-March.
The move comes after a wave of anti-marijuana sentiment swept through the US last year, which saw many states legalize the drug and others decriminalize it.
President Donald Trump has previously said the drug should be legalized in all 50 states, but said in January he would allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Trump has said he would keep the drug out of the hands of children and that states that legalize it should also allow people over the age of 21 to possess it.
The medical marijuana initiative, introduced in the wake of Trump’s remarks, has been opposed by medical marijuana advocates who say the drug is not a medical necessity and should not be allowed to be prescribed.
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the US, accounting for some one in five of all drug arrests, according to the DEA.