New York Parliament members passed the bill on Tuesday to legalize the use of marijuana among adults, which would make it the 15th state in the United States to allow the use of recreational drugs. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he hoped to sign the bill into law.
“New York has a multilevel history to the progressive capital of the nation, and this important law will once again continue the heritage,” he said in a statement. The New York state senate passed the bill with 40-23 votes, while the assembly chose 100-49.
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NORML, a pro-marijuana group, also welcomed the decision, which said that tens of thousands of New Yorkers were arrested every year due to violations of small marijuana and that most were young and poor.
“Legalization of marijuana is the imperative of racial and criminal justice, and today’s election is an important step towards a more equitable and fairer system,” said the Attorney General New York Lingitia James in a statement. The New York State’s official website has recently projected that the tax collection from the Cannabis program will reach $ 350 million per year and create 30,000 to 60,000 new jobs throughout the state.
Since 2012, 15 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for adults over 21. And 36 states have legalized medical marijuana – which means that most Americans now have several forms of access to marijuana, both medically or recreational.
Four more states – New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota – choose to legalize Cannabis recreation in November. Also, voters in Mississippi support the creation of medical marijuana programs. In February, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law officially legalizing marijuana in the state. Although Canada legalized marijuana in 2018, the US has not followed, forcing it to map its courses. Marijuana is still considered an illegal schedule of drugs by the US Federal Government.
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