THE EMPIRE State just passed a bill legalizing recreational cannabis.
The state, which often claims to be the first in the nation to do many things, is the 16th state in the nation to legalize marijuana use after the state Legislature gave pot use the greenlight.
Following hours of debate that went well past closing time, the Legislature finally passed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which will now go to Governor Cuomo’s desk where he is expected to sign it.
“Today is an historic day for New Yorkers,” state Sen. Liz Krueger one of the bill’s sponsors, said in a statement.
“I could not be more proud to cast my vote to end the failed policies of marijuana prohibition in our state, and begin the process of building a fair and inclusive legal market for adult-use cannabis,” she added.
The Assembly passed the bill with a vote of 100 to 49 late Tuesday night, hours after the Senate approved the bill with a tighter margin of 40 to 23.
“New York has a storied history of being the progressive capital of the nation, and this important legislation will once again carry on that legacy,” the governor said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I look forward to signing this legislation into law.”
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