By Ariel Hochman |
New York is the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. What does that mean for you?
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that legalizes recreational marijuana use for anyone 21 years and older on Wednesday March 31. This makes New York the 15th state to have legalized the drug for recreational use. Anybody over 21 years old can now carry up to 3 ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate without being charged. After 18 months of legal sales, people can grow up to 6 matures and 6 immature plants per household. Legal recreational sales and dispensaries will be seen opening in the next 2 years. Cuomo, Wednesday morning, tweeted “The bill creates automatic expungement of previous marijuana convictions that would now be legal. This is a historic day.” The bill was passed as a part of the state budget before the deadline, April 1. This development will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. It could also potentially earn $350 million annually in tax collections. News outlet CNBC states “The legislation also creates equity programs to provide loans and grants to people including small farmers who have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.” However, minors and school-ages kids will be seeing prevention programs to reduce the risk of cannabis use among this population. New York state will also be launching studies to examine marijuana’s effect on driving.
`Legalization of the plant is effective immediately for adults over 21.