New York Finally—After Three Years—on Verge of Legalizing Marijuana
At a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that an agreement was close and that lawmakers were reviewing the final details. The bill may be ready to be voted on as early as next week. The text of the bill is not yet public, but some of the details have been making its way out to New York media outlets.
Marijuana Moment compiled all these details together. If its summary is accurate, there have been some solid improvements over earlier versions of the legislation.
Cuomo had been circulating his own legalization proposal that would completely forbid New Yorkers from growing their own—even for medical purposes. The draft now circulating would let New Yorkers grow their own weed: six plants at a time for their own use, but only three of which could be matured. Households with more than one adult could grow a maximum of 12 plants. Municipalities would be barred from banning people from growing their own, but they could establish restrictions.
If that part of the bill stays intact, it will be improvement over New Jersey’s recent legalization. New Jersey does not permit its citizens to grow their own marijuana. They have to purchase it from licensed dealers—who then, of course, have to direct a cut to the state via taxes.
New York’s bill will reportedly let cities opt out of allowing retailers, but it will also allow citizens to overrule such bans via ba
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