New York legalises recreational marijuana for adults 21 & over

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill legalising the recreational use of marijuana in New York after the state legislature authorised the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act late Tuesday. “This is a historic day in New York — 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,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “This was one of my top priorities in this year’s State of the State agenda and I’m proud these comprehensive reforms address and balance the social equity, safety, and economic impacts of legal adult-use cannabis.” RELATED ARTICLE: Is CBD legal worldwide? It’s legal status in 2020 CONTINUE READING What does this mean for past convictions? Recreational marijuana being legalised means anyone with a previous conviction (that would now be legal, thanks to the new law) will either be resentenced or have their record expunged. Expungement is the sealing of a criminal conviction, making it unavailable to the public. The new law Firstly, adult New Yorkers over the age of 21 can now legally possess up to 5 pounds of cannabis at home and up to 3 ounces of cannabis outside the home and can use it freely. Secondly, it allows them to possess up to 24 grams of cannabis concentrate. In addition, six mature plants and six immature plants are allowed to be grown per household, 18 months after sales begin. People can smoke marijuana anywhere in public where smoking tobacco is allowed. However, inside workplaces, schools, or cars it is strictly prohibited. RELATED ARTICLE: Mysteries Of The Endocannabinoid System – What We Know CONTINUE READING The new law means that…

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