Lawmakers closing in on deal to legalize marijuana in NY; vote expected soon

The bill would include provisions to establish licenses, sales and tax regulations, and establish a new regulator for pot products.

News 12 Staff

Mar 25, 2021, 4:39 PM

Updated 1,119 days ago

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A deal appears to be in place to legalize marijuana on Long Island and across the state.
The deal would make New York the 15th state to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
State lawmakers are closing in on a deal that would allow residents to legally possess up to three ounces of pot.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the bill is "essential" to the state's social and economic well-being.
The bill would include provisions to establish licenses, sales and tax regulations, and establish a new regulator for cannabis products.
Also to approve the study of new technology to help law enforcement detect impaired drivers.
“It's going to be up to communities across Nassau and Suffolk counties to figure out where will the stores be located, what will their advertising be like, do communities even want this in their neighborhoods and what kind of treatment centers are available,” says Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Family and Children’s Association.
The bill could be voted on as early as next week.


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