New York Puff-Puff-Passes Law Legalizing Marijuana and Cuomo Signs Law
Amid his significant public relations problems, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill on Wednesday encouraging New Yorkers who like to smoke weed but don’t risk criminalization that has long hovered over overuse of the herb as an airy interlude with good news should serve.
On Tuesday evening, the New York General Assembly voted to pass a measure that will legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the state and allow recreational sales to those ages 21 and older. Cuomo signed the bill on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
Although recreational marijuana sales in the state will not begin for 18 months, New York law will automatically expel marijuana-related convictions and the police will no longer be able to arrest or prosecute people keep track of 3 ounces of marijuana in their possession. Last year the NYPD arrested nearly 500 people for hauling weeds.
“For too long, the cannabis ban was disproportionately aimed at color communities with harsh prison sentences,” said Cuomo in a statement on the measure. “After years of hard work, this landmark piece of legislation provides justice to long-marginalized communities, encompasses new industries that will boost the economy, and provides safeguards for the public.”
The new law provides for the protection of people who like their ganja from workplaces, schools, homes, and family courts – a notable provision as weed smokers continue to have an impact on their recreational activities in the workplace (as high as in the Biden administration). Despite the multitude of states that have decriminalized cannabis in recent years, federal law continues to prohibit the use, sale, and possession of marijuana.
However, the passage of the law in New York means people can perform there in public – although smoking or vaporizing marijuana is still banned in workplaces, hospitals, and within 30 meters of a school.
As part of the legislation, the state says it will give 50 percent of marijuana sales licenses to people from under-represented communities. New York plans to set a 9 percent sales tax on recreational herbs sold in the state, additional taxes, and use the expected millions of dollars in revenue to fund social services in drug war-affected communities and support schools. Drug treatment programs and regulation of the new law.