Marijuana now legal in New York after Cuomo signs bill
Video by : Eyewitness News ABC7NY – 2021.03.31
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana Wednesday, making New York the 15th state to do so after lawmakers approved the sweeping measures Tuesday.
The bill makes it legal to possess small amounts of pot, launches programs to help communities that bore the brunt of the national and state drug war, and eventually allow marijuana sales to people over the age of 21.
The Senate voted 40-23 in favor, and the Assembly approved it 100-49.Criminal justice reform groups and advocates for minority communities where pot was policed hardest have hailed the state’s bill as particularly sweeping: New York will set a target of ensuring 50% of marijuana licenses go to underrepresented communities and joins a handful of states to automatically expunge past marijuana-related convictions.The legislation also provide protections for people from being discriminated for marijuana use in public housing, schools and colleges and the workplace.