This morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing the recreational use of cannabis in New York. This legislation makes New York the 15th state, along with the District of Columbia, to make marijuana use legal.
The New York scale allows 3 ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of concentrated hemp products to be used. It also allows growing up to six potted plants at home. If you are looking to buy herbs legally, dispensaries are a year or two after they open their doors.
The new legislation will also address racial disparities in applying marijuana laws. New York Police Department Arrest records In 2020, black and Latino New Yorkers combined showed 94 percent of marijuana-related arrests. Meanwhile, 2015-2016 NYC Health Survey It showed 24 percent of white New Yorkers who reported cannabis use versus 14 percent of the black population and 12 percent of the Hispanic population. As part of the bill, some marijuana-related convictions will be automatically struck off.
“I’ve seen such injustice persistent, and for young people whose lives have been ruined by doing something I did as a child,” he said New York State Senator Liz KruegerOne of the sponsors of the bill.
Annual tax revenue from the sale of marijuana can be over $ 300 million annually. To be clear, the Colorado that legalized weeds in 2012 has already exceeded $ 1 billion in tax revenue. In New York state, 40 percent of tax revenue will go to minority communities. In addition, the legislation will finance efforts to reduce the risks of using utensils in schoolchildren and study the effect of cannabis use on driving.
“This is a historic day in New York, a day that corrects the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison penalties, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State economy, and prioritizes marginalized communities, so those who have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits,” Como He said in a statement.
Starting today, you can openly smoke pots in New York wherever you can smoke tobacco.