New York legalizes recreational marijuana, expunges former pot convictions

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will sign the bill.

3/31/2021 5:48:00 AM

NEW: New York state legislature formally votes to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults and expunge the records of people previously convicted of possession.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will sign the bill.

Under the final legislation, 3 ounces of marijuana will be legal to possess for New Yorkers over 21 and the substance will have a 13% sales tax. The tax revenues will be broken up with 9% going to the state and 4% going to localities, according to the legislation.

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Jawanza James Williams, the director of organizing at VOCAL-NY, said in a statement Tuesday night,"Today, the Assembly and the Senate modeled what democracy actually looks like when the legislature allows progressive movements to lead towards justice. Our movement did not fight simply for legalization's sake, but worked for years to craft legislation rooted in racial and economic justice, in an effort to repair harms while also setting a new standard for anti-racist, class-conscious, and gender-expansive policymaking."

"This is a massive success for all New Yorkers, especially the Black and brown survivors of racist prohibition," Williams added.STOCK PHOTO/Getty ImagesA legally grown marijuana plant is pictured at farm in Oregon in this undated stock image. headtopics.com

The governor's office said as many as 60,000 new jobs could be created and the state will generate $350 million in revenue annually, as a result of the new laws.Residents will also be allowed to grow marijuana at home, with a limit of three mature plants for adults over 21 and six mature plants per household.

Anyone previously convicted of possessing an amount of marijuana now under the legal limit will automatically be subject to expungement and resentencing."We applaud the New York Legislature and the tireless work of advocates for their commitment to ending cannabis prohibition through a social justice-centered approach," said Steve Hawkins, executive director at the Marijuana Policy Project."We expect 2021 to be a record-breaking year for legislatures legalizing cannabis. More than two-thirds of Americans believe it’s time to end prohibition and this move represents the latest example of elected officials joining the chorus of support for legalizing and regulating cannabis for adults."

Angus Mordant/ReutersThe Assembly Chamber sits empty in the New York State Capitol, in Albany, N.Y., March 15, 2021.Once the bill is signed, New York will be the 15th state to allow for recreational marijuana among adults.The legislation will create the Office of Cannabis Management, which will regulate the sale and distribution of both recreational and medical marijuana, which was legalized in 2014.

Brendan Mcdermid/AFP via Getty ImagesNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at his offices in New York City, March 24, 2021.A five-member board will lead the office with three members appointed by the governor and one appointed by each house of the legislature, according to the legislation. headtopics.com

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The amount of money made today will be nothing compared to the health crisis we will be faced with tomorrow from the damaging effects of weed and the financial load on the healthcare system. It will be in the billions. This just needs to happen across the nation. Our healing begins with medical marijuana.

That’s fine. But, a DWI can still be charged against someone under the influence. That’s a good thing! think of all the money from taxing weed. That is the big loss for states like Fla. that will not legalize weed bc Republicans rule and they are at least 10 to 20 yrs. behind the public. Enjoying a magical 4/20 today.....

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¨Anyone previously convicted of possessing an amount of marijuana now under the legal limit automatically will be subject to expungement and re-sentencing.¨ What about compensation? Being that I live in the great state of South Carolina will probably legalize it too 300 years after everyone else Finally, now New York cops have 2 find some other way 2 make their quotas

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About time Going to New York in June. 😎😎🤌🤌🌲🌲 The problem is that robbery and theft are also legal in NY! A little fun JeannieG40 Go New York!! . 💥 . So when can I go buy some Mary Jane at the gas station Wheres Ohio?