New York legislators reach an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana

Written by on 25 March, 2021

It seems that the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of New York is getting closer, and this Wednesday legislators and the governor of the entity, Andrew Cuomo, reached an agreement to legalize the use of this plant for recreational purposes.

Legislative sources informed NBC 4 that the bill would be put to a vote next week.

The new legislation would allow people over 21 years of age to use marijuana for recreational purposes. On the other hand, it would also promote the expansion of the plant’s medicinal use.

Senator Liz Krueger, one of the sponsors of the draft agreed by the representatives of both chambers, explained, in an interview to Cheddar Channel, that the law determines the creation of an office to supervise the consumption, sale and production of cannabis.

Marijuana legalization is a priority

During a press conference on Wednesday, the governor of the state, Andrew Cuomo, expressed that this year he will promote as a legislative priority the regulation of marijuana in New York.

Likewise, he also indicated that in the last three years he has tried to move forward on the issue; however, he has not achieved satisfactory results. “This year we have to do it before the budgets are approved. It is essential,” Cuomo affirmed.

The governor expressed that the legalization of marijuana is not only a matter of social equity but also represents a source of revenue for the state.

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