Cuomo signs bill to legalize recreational pot in NY |

Cuomo signs bill to legalize recreational pot in NY

WNYT Staff
Updated: March 31, 2021 06:40 PM
Created: March 31, 2021 11:06 AM

Gov. Cuomo has signed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state.

The state Senate and Assembly both passed the bill Tuesday. The governor signed it Wednesday morning.

The governor has been pushing for the legislation.

"This is a historic day in New York," Cuomo said in a statement. "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."

Adults over the age of 21 will be able to have up to three ounces of marijuana and grow a limited number of your own plants.

This recreational marijuana program is expected to generate about $350 million annually and there will be a state and local tax on sales.

It could take as long as two years to implement it.

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