New York has now become the 15th State in the country to legalize Marijuana.
Scroll on for the full details on the new legislation...
Now, this news has been a long time coming for many New Yorkers.
With more and more states across the U.S legalizing both the recreational and medicinal use of the green stuff, people are smoking more weed than ever before.
So far, fourteen U.S states and 3 territories have legalized marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures...
And New York is finally set to join them.
As stated earlier, the Big Apple is jumping on board the marijuana bandwagon...
And its residents couldn't be happier about it.
New York legalizing weed is exactly what I needed for this upcoming year 🥳— Lee 🖤 (@xsupremelee) March 25, 2021
This sounds great. If alcohol is legal in this country there is no reason marijuana shouldn’t be.— Noah- نوح (@atriuminv) March 25, 2021
All countries should have done it years ago.— Ian6227 (@Ian6227) March 25, 2021
My street smells like weed again. It really IS spring in New York City!— CDB 💕 (@on_reserve) March 23, 2021
weed is finally getting legalized in new york 😭😭😭😭😭 everyone that tried to cancel me for smoking it can choke on my nuuuuuuuuts— Jared the Professional Anime Speedrunner (@stockfaker69) March 24, 2021
Talking about legalizing weed in New York, let’s get this done so I can come home !— BrianSwiz (@Brian_Swiz) March 24, 2021
Weed boutta be legal in New York!! This summer finna be liiit(literally)😂— Razah (Ray-zah) “To The World,With Love” out now! (@iamRAZAH) March 25, 2021
NEW YORK JUST LEGALIZED WEED— Nuibella (@nuibella) March 24, 2021
You can smoke weed legally in New York... This is wild, I’m ready to get up there and smoke some good!— God Only (@TheMogxld) March 24, 2021
Weed finna be legal in New York I can’t wait to try it 🤍— 🧁 (@devensevn) March 25, 2021
This news comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revised the New York legalization proposal.
There, he vowed to set aside $100 million (£73,000) for a social equity fund, which is designed to help communities hit by marijuana laws through job placement programmes and treatments.
In a news conference earlier last week, Cuomo had said that he was making marijuana legalization a top priority in budget negotiations with officials.
"This year we have to get it done, and getting it done by the time the budget is passed is essential. Cannabis is not just social equity, it's also revenue for the state."
And his words weren't in vain.
Officials reportedly reached a 3-way agreement between the Assembly, Senate, and governor's office on a bill on March 25th.
Bloomberg reported that lawmakers settled on language in the bill...
Which is expected to mirror laws from neighbouring states - where the legal age to buy cannabis is twenty-one.
On the groundbreaking bill, State Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger told the outlet:
"It is my understanding that the 3-way agreement has been reached and that bill drafting is in the process of finishing a bill that we all have said we support."
Krueger went on to explain that the deal would legalize cannabis for adults aged twenty-one and over...
And now the bill has officially been signed by Andrew Cuomo.
The news comes after State Assembly voted 100-49 to pass the legalization bill on Tuesday.
Marijuana has finally been legalized in New York State.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 31, 2021
Now it's time to legalize marijuana across the country and undo decades of injustice caused by our failed drug policies.
And now everyone wants the new legislation rolled out all across the U.S.
New Yorkers aged twenty-one and over can now possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana outside of the home...
And purchase it from authorized retailers.
Anyone previously convicted of possessing marijuana that is now under the legal limit will automatically be eligible for resentencing.
NEW: New York just legalized marijuana.— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 31, 2021
—Adults 21 and older will be able to use and grow marijuana.
—NY will set up a regulated marijuana market.
—People’s criminal records of marijuana offenses that are no longer illegal will automatically be expunged.https://t.co/62fSOMT2La pic.twitter.com/EWL4bQw0lU
"This is a historic day in New York – one that rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State's economy, and prioritizes marginalized communities so those that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits," Cuomo said in a statement.
New Yorkers can now have up to 5 pounds of marijuana in their home, and grow up to 3 cannabis plants, the bill said.
The industry could benefit by $350 million in tax revenue and up to 60,000 new jobs.
Marijuana will have a 13% sales tax, with 9% of the revenue going to the state and 4% going to localities.
However, this won't become legal for another eighteen months as we wait for state regulations.
This will also expand the eligibility for those who need medical marijuana.
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