Legislation to legalize marijuana in New York state advances quickly. About to be approved.
In the latest effort to expand the legalization of marijuana in the United States, New York lawmakers are working toward approving a legislation package that would make it so.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders agreed to a deal to finally advance marijuana legalization and decriminalization.
“My goal in carrying this legislation has always been to end the racially disparate enforcement of marijuana prohibition that has taken such a toll on communities of color across our state, and to use the economic windfall of legalization to help heal and repair those same communities,” said State Sen. Liz Kreuger, the senate sponsor of the bill, via reporting from the Associated Press (AP). Cuomo said that the advancement of legalization legislation is a welcomed development.
“After years of tireless advocacy and extraordinarily hard work, that time is coming to an end in New York State,” Cuomo said in another statement cited by the AP.
“Legalizing adult-use cannabis isn’t just about creating a new market that will provide jobs and benefit the economy—it’s also about justice for long-marginalized communities and ensuring those who’ve been unfairly penalized in the past will now get a chance to benefit. I look forward to signing this legislation into law,” the governor added.
The bill would permit recreational marijuana sales to every adult over the age of 21 years. A licensing process, a seed tracking system, and approved product delivery systems will also be established under the bill. The bill also would allow individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants (3 mature, 3 immature) for personal consumption. Local governments are also granted the right to opt-out of retail sales operations.
The legislation will take immediate effect if it is passed and signed into law by Gov. Cuomo. It is expected that he would sign the legislation as the Democratic supermajority in the state legislature has already promised legislative success. Vaping Post will update you when the vote is official, and Cuomo signs the proposal into law.