2019 will not be the year that New York sees legal cannabis

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A bill that would have legalized selling recreational cannabis in the state of New York has died after state lawmakers were unable to reach a consensus on parts of the bill.

Democratic Senator Liz Krueger who sponsored the bill made a statement on Wednesday that legislation will not pass in 2019.

“It is clear now that [the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act] is not going to pass this session,” said Krueger.

“This is not the end of the road, it is only a delay. Unfortunately, that delay means countless more New Yorkers will have their lived up-ended by unnecessary and racially disparate enforcement measures before we inevitably legalize.”

Anti-cannabis legalization groups have been equally forceful with engaging law enforcement, medical professionals and the PTA to work against the legislation which is likely to have contributed to why legislation didn’t pass yesterday.

“The predatory pot industry wanted legislators to believe that this was simple,” said Kevin Sabet, a leader of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana. “The industry told people it would rain money for a host of pet projects, that our young people wouldn’t be at risk and drugged driving concerns were overblown. Thankfully, New York’s parents, doctors, law enforcement, teachers and many lawmakers didn’t fall for the con.”

It’s likely that lawmakers will now focus on a measure that would expunge the records of people convicted of possessing small amounts of cannabis. This measure could positively impact up to 600,000 people in New York who have been convicted of cannabis-related offences.

Krueger is optimistic however that the fight for recreational cannabis is far from over.

“I will continue to push for a tax-and-regulate adult-use program with all the right safeguards in place, one that centers on restorative justice and reinvestment in the communities most harmed by decades of failed prohibition policies,” said Krueger. “We will build on the success of other states who have chosen to legalize, including many of our neighbors. I have no doubt that prohibition is an outdated and irrational policy, and its days are numbered.”

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