Indigenous? New York’s leisure marijuana debate includes rising at residence
Cuomo, assembly divided on the subject
by: Adam Chodak
Posted: Feb 8, 2021 / 11:15 PM EST
Updated: February 8, 2021 / 11:17 PM EST
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – While most state lawmakers have endorsed legalizing marijuana for recreational use, there are still some key differences in what legalization should look like.
For example, there are two camps on whether it should be legal for people to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home.
The State Assembly supports growth in the home, claiming it would prevent people who do not have easy access to a pharmacy from shopping on the black market.
“Just as you can make beer in your house, so can your house. We want citizens to be able to do the same with growing marijuana,” said Congregation member Harry Bronson, a Democrat who represents Rochester -Area.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office responded to News 8 by saying, “The proposal builds on new public health and safety best practices that are currently limiting home growth in WA and IL, and proposed in NJ, RI and CT To ensure all cannabis products are made by regulated licensees and pass rigorous product testing and other consumer safety requirements. “
Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol, speaking on behalf of the NYS Sheriffs’ Association opposed to legalization, says the governor’s opposition to home growth supports the argument that Cuomo is only interested in tax revenues , not in the fundamental positions behind legalization.
“According to his plan, you can only own it if you pay the 10.25% tax that the governor charges on it,” Maciol said.
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Cuomo’s legalization plan is part of his budget proposal.
The legislature has until April 1st to pass a budget. So expect negotiations on issues like this to intensify in the coming weeks.
This is part two of a three-part recreational marijuana series. Click here for part one and switch to News 8 for part three on Wednesday 11th Wednesday at 11 a.m.