Two bills have been introduced to the New York Senate and State Assembly in an effort to legalize recreational marijuana. Businesses would be permitted to cultivate, sell and process marijuana. Adults ages 21 and older would be permitted to legally possess and purchase marijuana.
The two bills are S3040 and A3506, according to Konbini. Governor Andrew Cuomo supports decriminalization. He hasn’t, however, mentioned any support for full legalization.
Cuomo says the states should “remove the criminal penalties that too often result in the over-prosecution and jailing of nonviolent individuals.”
Of those arrested in New York for marijuana-related offenses, 90-percent of them were for possession.
Cuomo has also said, “The illegal state of marijuana cannot and will not be tolerated in New York State, but data consistently shows that recreational users of marijuana pose little to no threat to public safety.”
Hearings for the bills have not been scheduled yet.