New York Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears First Committee, With Floor Votes Expected This Afternoon

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A bill to legalize marijuana in New York cleared its first Senate committee on Tuesday morning, with hearings in two other panels scheduled for this afternoon and floor votes expected later in the day. Legislative leaders have made clear that they intend to swiftly advance the legislation, which has been the subject of significant debate and negotiations in the legislature this year. The text of the bill was only released on Saturday, yet it is already moving swiftly toward the governor’s desk. The first panel to approve the bill was the Senate Finance Committee, where members passed it in a voice vote. The Assembly Codes Committee and Assembly Ways & Means Committee are set to consider the proposal within the next few hours. While this legislation is being handled outside of the budget, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) initially insisted it should be addressed, legislators are still aiming to pass it on schedule ahead of Thursday’s budget deadline. That could happen even sooner, however, as Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D) said that she expects floor votes on it as early as Tuesday. Peoples-Stokes, who is carrying the bill in her chamber, said last week that the legislation they negotiated with the governor “provides long awaited marijuana justice for New Yorkers, and makes significant steps and investments to begin to address the generational devastation caused by marijuana prohibition and mass incarceration.” Senate Finance Chairwoman Liz Krueger (D), the lead Senate sponsor of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), similarly said that the newly revised version of her legislation will “legalize adult-use cannabis in a way that foregrounds racial justice, while balancing safety with economic growth, encouraging new small businesses, and significantly diminishing the illegal market.” Cuomo said that “for generations, too many New Yorkers have been unfairly penalized for…

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