New York Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill, With Assembly Vote Expected Soon

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A bill to legalize marijuana in New York was approved by the New York Senate on Tuesday, with a floor vote expected in the Assembly, which is currently debating the reform, soon. Legislative leaders made clear that they intended to swiftly advance the legislation, which has been the subject of significant debate and negotiations in the legislature this year. The latest text of the bill—which is the result of extensive negotiations with the governor—was only released on Saturday, yet it moved through four committees and passed on the floor of the Senate in a 40-23 vote within hours on Tuesday. “I do think that people will choose—within two options, an illegal dangerous option and a legal regulated option—to buy their marijuana through our legal regulated options,” Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Liz Krueger (D), sponsor of the legislation in her chamber, said on the floor. “That is what they’ve been finding in other states that have already legalized.” Even before the full Senate took up the bill, leadership sent out a press release saying it “will pass.” Legislation to Allow Adult Use, Cultivation of Recreational Marijuana Advances in #NYSenate — New York Senate (@NYSenate) March 30, 2021 “There were many important aspects of this legislation that needed to be addressed correctly—especially the racial disparities that have plagued our state’s response to marijuana use and distribution as well as ensuring public safety—and I am proud that through strong collaboration, we have reached the finish line,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) said. Krueger said she is “very proud to say that we have finally reached a three-way agreement on legalizing 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.” “My goal in carrying this…

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