New Mexico primed to join USA recreational pot wave

New Mexico primed to join USA recreational pot wave

According to reports, the proposal to legalize recreational cannabis for adults ages 21 and older was approved by legislators at a special session on Wednesday.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called a special legislation this week to push for legalization of marijuana in efforts to spur employment and a stable new source of state income.

"Fifty percent is a very high bar to try to reach, but if it happens, it would be wonderful", said Hillary Peckham, chief operator of Etain Health, a women-owned NY medical cannabis company that is considering applying for a recreational marijuana license.

"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", he said in a statement shortly after the Assembly finished up the vote.

"New York has a storied history of being the progressive capital of the nation, and this important legislation will once again carry on that legacy", he added. I commend lawmakers for working together to craft legislation that prioritizes social justice and inclusion.

NY will start automatically expunging some past marijuana-related convictions, and people won't be arrested or prosecuted for possession of pot up to 3 ounces.

NY would set a 9% sales tax on cannabis, plus an additional 4% tax split between the county and local government. "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 fix harms while also setting a new standard for anti-racist, class-conscious, and gender-expansive policymaking". This is about turning the page on a racist law that unfairly targerted Black and brown communities for decades.

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Adults will be permitted to grow up to six marijuana plants per person in a residential household, however, half of the plants must remain immature. That's a step beyond a 2019 law that expunged many past convictions for marijuana possession.

"In this bill, we have worked to protect communities of color from over-policing". "We expect 2021 to be a record-breaking year for legislatures legalizing cannabis".

'This is a historic day in NY - one that rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State's economy, and prioritizes marginalized communities so those that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits, ' Cuomo said in a statement. An existing medical-marijuana program would be expanded.

Sales might not start until 2022, as the state will take time to establish its regulatory framework, legislative sources told ABC News.

Attorney General Letitia James said in part, "The legalization of marijuana is a racial and criminal justice imperative".

Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio said the bill long overdue, tweeting 'This is about righting a wrong.

Tax revenues from marijuana would first cover the state's cost of regulating and enforcing the marijuana legalization law, with the remainder divided among schools, drug treatment and prevention programs and a fund for investing in job skills, adult education, mental health and other services in communities that bore the brunt of the national and state drug war.

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