New York State Legislators Announce Marijuana Legalization Bill

appleAt a press conference this morning, New York Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) and state Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced their intent to introduce legislation to legalize the possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis.

Speaking at the press conference, the Assembly bill’s sponsor Rep. Gottfried said, “We really need to move beyond our totally broken prohibition model to a sensible tax and regulate model. I think it’s widely recognized that marijuana is at most nowhere near as potentially harmful as alcohol and our law is dishonest.”

Added Sen. Krueger, “I don’t believe a drug that is proven to be less dangerous, from a health perspective, than alcohol or tobacco should be under laws that actually criminalize and ruin lives when alcohol or tobacco are regulated and taxed.”

The proposed Assembly and Senate measures would allow adults over the age of 18 to possess up to 2 ounces of dried marijuana, 1/4 ounce of marijuana concentrates, and to cultivate up to 6 plants. The legislation would also establish regulations for state-licensed retail cannabis outlets throughout the state. Retail sales would be limited to adults over the age of 21.

New York City Comptroller John Liu estimates that taxing the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to adults would yield an estimated $400 million annually, just in the city alone.

According to a 2013 ACLU report, no state arrests more of its citizens for marijuana possession than New York.

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  1. Well, there is always alternative…. there are people who build their own cards with HEMP material. Some of you will not believe any of this, but it is quite true. That is why many multinational corporations have interest to put ban on any marijuana indoor growing because the information is not under their control and now everyone with just a bit of will can do his own stuff almost from nothing.

  2. i have seen alot of studies where the oils of the hemp can cure some types of cancer and other mental illness so i belive it should be legalized and ive seen other studies where it helped make jobs and helped some places get out of debt and thats all based on facts so if we all went by just the facts and legalized it and keep a eye on it i think we all can find commen ground

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