6 relevant aspects you should know about New York’s new cannabis law

Written by on 11 April, 2021

After several failed attempts to legalize recreational marijuana in the Big Apple, the state of New York finally joined, at the end of last month, the list of states in the North American nation that allow the use of this plant for recreational purposes.

A historic move that will undoubtedly turn the state into one of the largest legal cannabis markets in the nation.

Now, you will surely have some doubts about what this new legislation contemplates, but don’t worry, here we tell you 6 relevant aspects about this law that you need to know:

1- Who can legally consume the plant?

All New Yorkers over the age of 21 can legally consume and grow marijuana in the state. This means that minors are still prohibited from using the plant, as well as engaging in any marijuana-related activity.

2- How much marijuana can I carry with me?

The new regulation, ratified by the governor of the Big Apple, Andrew Cuomo, stipulates that there will be no penalties for public possession of up to three ounces of cannabis. Likewise, people will be allowed to carry up to 24 grams of cannabis concentrates.

3- Can people smoke in the street?

The legislation establishes that New Yorkers will be able to smoke marijuana where tobacco smoking is allowed, although localities may restrict where public smoking is allowed.

Cannabis is not allowed to be consumed in schools or workplaces, hospitals, public transportation, among others. On the other hand, with this new law, “places of consumption” and delivery services will be allowed.

4- Can I share cannabis with my friends?

Yes, people can give or share marijuana with other people as long as they are of legal age and as long as no compensation is exchanged.

5- When can cannabis be sold legally?

The sale of marijuana is the part of the new law that has not yet come into force. For this purpose, the Cannabis Management Office will have to be created, which will be in charge, among some of its functions, of establishing the regulations for the sale of marijuana.

Likewise, this office would be in charge of monitoring the quality of the marijuana sold and checking that the cannabis does not come from illegal plantations.

Crystal Peoples-Stokes, majority leader of the Assembly, said a few days ago that she estimates that it could take between 18 months and two years for sales to begin.

6- How many plants can I grow at home?

Adults can grow up to three “mature” cannabis plants and three “immature” plants for personal use, with a maximum of 12 plants per household with more than one adult.

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