New York

Tue
09
Feb

Homegrown? New York’s recreational marijuana debate includes growing at home

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While most state lawmakers have voiced support for the legalization of recreational marijuana there remains some significant points of difference over what legalization should look like.

For example, there are two camps on the issue over whether it should be legal for people to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home.

The state assembly supports growing at home claiming it will prevent people who don’t have easy access to a dispensary from buying on the black market.

“Just like you can brew beer in your home, you can develop wine in your home, those kinds of things, we want to afford citizens the opportunity to do the same thing with growing marijuana,” said Assemblymember Harry Bronson, a Democrat who represents the Rochester area.

Mon
01
Feb

5 States That Might Legalize Marijuana in 2021

In 2020, the number of states that ended pot prohibition reached 15 (and the District of Columbia), as voters in four states—Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota—legalized marijuana through the initiative process. Since 2021 is not an election year, any states that attempt to legalize marijuana this year will have to go through the much more cumbersome legislative process, but at least a handful of them are poised to do so.

Wed
27
Jan

Benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York State

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Recreational marijuana could soon be legalized in New York state this year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his proposal last week and legislators are gearing up for negotiations, including New York State Sen. John Mannion who is in full support of the legislation.

“The fact that it’s happening, it’s prevalent, it’s easily accessible,” Mannion said. “I think that since we could regulate it to make it safer and then of course tax it as well I think is important.”

Where the revenue will go is the big question. 

Tue
26
Jan

Can Marijuana Le­gal­ization Help a Cash-Strapped New York?

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Legalizing marijuana is once again under consideration, a measure that has stalled for the last several years in Albany. But the difference this year could be generating revenue to help close a large gap in the state's budget.

Still, like in previous years, the measure has been under debate, the details of how it happens will matter for lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo — as well as the New Yorkers legalizing marijuana could affect.

"It's no longer a question of whether New York should legalize marijuana for adult use, but much more of a question of what that actually looks like in practice and making sure we legalize the right way," said Melissa Moore, the New York director of the Drug Policy Alliance. 

Thu
21
Jan

Cuomo's recreational marijuana legalization could add jobs, make Mid-Hudson a pot hotbed

Legalizing recreational marijuana will swiftly add hundreds of good-paying jobs, with room for significant growth, and much-needed tax revenue to the Mid Hudson, local cannabis growers said last week, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo refloated the idea.

Cuomo, who opposed recreational marijuana until December 2018, reiterated support for state legalization recently.

He said doing so could create jobs and generate $300 million-plus in tax revenue.

The governor addressed the topic in his recent State of the State address-related news releases and speeches.

Wed
20
Jan

NY marijuana tax could light up black market: Cannabis industry official

glass jars filled with cannabis along a display shelf

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing a huge budget deficit, rolled out a plan to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in 2021.

The plan includes using tax revenue to help fill the state's nearly $4 billion budget gap for the next fiscal year. However, the CEO of the National Cannabis Industry Association told FOX Business that it could go up in smoke if taxes are too high.

Thu
14
Jan

New York Gov. Cuomo Wants To Legalize Weed, But It Won’t Be Easy — Here’s Why

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Lawmakers can’t agree on tax revenue, how it should be allotted, or how to set up an industry that creates a level playing field for all.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised again that marijuana legalization is coming. However, because of how the legislative grind works in the real world, he might have to storm the state capitol to get it done.

There’s still a wealth of challenges ahead before New York agrees on how legal marijuana should look. And while it might be a bit of a stretch to suggest that Cuomo will have to launch a reign of terror to shake some sense into lawmakers who continue to sabotage progress, there’s no doubt that he will need to get creative to see it through.

Tue
12
Jan

NY can lead the nation with equitable marijuana legalization | Opinion

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With newly installed Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature and a governor who has signaled his unequivocal support this week, many believe it is a foregone conclusion that New York will finally join other states in responsibly regulating marijuana use this year. That’s welcome news, and it’s long overdue. But it’s also abundantly clear that getting it done is not the same as getting it right.

Mon
11
Jan

Gov. Cuomo Announces Proposal to Legalize Marijuana in New York

Gov. Cuomo at a press conference

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he will introduce a proposal that would finally legalize marijuana in New York state.

“I’m announcing a proposal to legalize cannabis and create an equitable adult-use cannabis program in NYS,” Cuomo tweeted Wednesday. “This program will generate much-needed revenue, while allowing us to support those that have been most harmed by decades of failed cannabis prohibition.”

Thu
07
Jan

Governor of New York Announces Proposal To Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

close up of cannabis blunts piled on top of eachother

Will 2021 finally be the year that New York embraces marijuana legalization? Wednesday’s announcement from the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, qualified as an encouraging development—though New Yorkers probably shouldn’t start dreaming of dispensaries in the East Village just yet. 

In a statement, the Democratic stalwart said he is prepared to unveil “a proposal to legalize cannabis and create an equitable adult-use cannabis program in [New York state],” a program he said would “generate much-needed revenue, while allowing us to support those that have been most harmed by decades of failed cannabis prohibition.” 

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