Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has steadily resisted pressure tolegalize marijuana, was expected to announce the plan atWednesday's State of the State address, according to thenewspaper's website.
A spokesman for Cuomo was not immediately available tocomment on the report.
The newspaper said the policy will be far more restrictivethan the laws in Colorado or California, where medical marijuanais available to people with conditions such as backaches.
The move comes amid sharply shifting attitudes in the UnitedStates toward marijuana use.
Earlier this week, Colorado became the first state toregulate and sell marijuana for recreational use.