New York legalizes recreational Marijuana

NEW YORK – New York becomes the 15th state in the United States to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes.

The state assembly voted 100-49 to pass the legalization bill. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act cleared the Assembly and Senate after hours of arguments on the proposed regulatory structure, public safety, and health implications.

The new law will permit citizens aged 21 and over to purchase cannabis and grow it for personal consumption at home. The state would automatically clear people with past convictions in cannabis-related offenses that would no longer be criminalized.

The law immediately allows using marijuana in public, other than the restricted regions including educational institutions, hospitals and indoor workplaces.

Speaking about the legalization of hemp, Governor Cuomo said ‘For too long the prohibition of cannabis disproportionately targeted communities of color with a harsh prison sentence. This landmark legislation provides justice for long-marginalized communities, embraces a new industry that will grow the economy, and establishes substantial safety guards for the public.’

The bill took years of work to legalize cannabis for aged 21 and older however Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Stokes who sponsored the bill in her chamber mentioned that it will also continue lawmakers’ to further constitute legislation about the possession and sale of cannabis, expanding expungement for past criminal convictions and dedicating tax revenue to help communities disproportionately affected by the state’s once-notorious drug laws.’

The legislation takes a lot of time, today we are reversing 90 years of prohibition. The last time New York State did anything like this is when we revoke the prohibition of alcohol – in the year 1933.

‘Here we are in 2021, almost 1 century of the prohibition on marijuana, and we’re removing it, the statement added.

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