New York State Passes Bill, Recreational Marijuana Now Legal

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In the United States, New York’s state legislature passed a bill Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would sign it, CNBC reports.

The state Senate voted 40-23 to pass the legislation. Later in the evening, the state Assembly voted 100-49 in favor of the bill.

If the bill is signed, the Empire State would become the 15th state in the country, along with the District of Columbia, to have legalized the drug for recreational use.

“For too long the prohibition of cannabis disproportionately targeted communities of color with harsh prison sentences and after years of hard work, this landmark legislation provides justice for long-marginalized communities, embraces a new industry that will grow the economy, and establishes substantial safety guards for the public,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday night after the passage of the bill.

The vote to legalize weed comes after neighbouring state New Jersey recently legalized the plant. Lawmakers’ goal was to pass the bill as part of the state budget before the April 1 deadline.


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