Proposal to Legalize Cannabis in New York Announced

New Yorknewyorkcity Senator Liz Krueger has announced that she will soon file legislation aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. According to Krueger, she’ll push for the bill in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January.

“I will push for taxation and regulation of marijuana,” said Krueger at a campaign rally for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “I continue to work with experts around the country and to evaluate laws and regulations being put into place now.”

Krueger hopes her legislation (which she also filed last session, though it unfortunately stalled in committee), which will be modeled after legalization initiatives approved in 2012 in Colorado and Washington, will have added momentum from the state’s recent legalization of medical cannabis.

“I knew we needed to move medical marijuana into law before people would focus on the bigger question – tax and regulation,” she said. “So I think my legislative proposal fits in very nicely with what the state has already committed to move forward with.”

Krueger hasn’t announced a specific date for when the proposal will be officially filed, though it will happen before the session begins in January.

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6 thoughts on “Proposal to Legalize Cannabis in New York Announced”

  1. Besides New York, from what I hear the following states are going to push for recreational legalization in 2016: Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, & Arizona. I’m really surprised by Missouri, being in the Bible Belt and all; if they manage to legalize there it may spark a much-needed trend to push for legalization throughout the Midwest.

  2. Thank you Liz.
    I am having a HA HA moment when I read on the Weed Blog how the infamous Washington Post is badmouthing legal cannabis in Colorado. HAHA. Yeah. Let’s let our people have to use the underground where there are no rules. Yeah let us have secrecy and money being kept from good, open, above board public use instead of going to fund education. HAHA. Shame on the Washington Post. People in Colorado are laughing all the way to their nearest bank. Get with the program main stream media cause the rest of us are serious about legalization. We want to be legal consumers of cannabis. Down with Prohibition!

  3. Legalization of recreational use is a step in the right direction but in reality complete legalization of the cannabis plant for any and all purposes would be even better. It truly is a no waste plant. It’s uses are only limited by imagination, even the waste product from medicinally grown marijuana can be turned into fuel, building materials,plastics, and other textiles, there are some strains that would produce more than others, as some medicinal strains don’t get very big and others can be as big as trees.

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