New York Lawmakers Nod In Agreement To Legalise Marijuana For Recreational Use

New York is set to legalise recreational marijuana for recreational use, making it the 15th US state to do so.

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March 31, 2021

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New York is all set to join a growing number of states to have legalised marijuana as the state lawmakers came to an agreement to allow sales of marijuana for recreational use. The agreement reached on Saturday would simply pave way for the expansion of the state’s already existing use of marijuana. Currently, the state’s marijuana programme only allows the use of the product for medicinal purposes. With the new legislation, New York will become the 15th US state to legalise marijuana.

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According to the lawmakers, the state will now set up a licensing and taxation system for the recreational sales of marijuana. The decision comes after a year’s long ideation and discussions. The new legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. A licensed seller would be able to deliver cannabis products to customers without hassle. While medicinal use numbers shall remain intact, New Yorkers would be allowed to grow up to three mature and three immature plants for personal consumption.

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The legislation that could take effect immediately would see the sales of marijuana for recreational use start as soon as New York sets up a cannabis board, who would be responsible for the rules and regulations over the same. Lawmakers believe the whole process would take 18 months to two years.

The bill would not only allow the retail sale of marijuana but also allow adults to grow cannabis for their own use. While local municipalities can still opt-out of retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses, they cannot opt-out of the state-wide legalisation.

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