Progression of cannabis laws

Facts

In 2019, smoking marijuana in New York became an offense that’s only punishable by a fine.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation into law on April 30th 2021, immediately legalizing cannabis products for adults 21 and older

New York is the 15th state to legalize marijuana. Cannabis users in New York can now legally possess and use up to three ounces of marijuana for recreational use and up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis.

Home cultivation is not currently allowed. Legal to smoke marijuana in the same public settings where tobacco is allowed. Remains illegal to smoke inside of cars, schools and workplaces

Dispensaries are not expected to open until mid-2022. Towns and cities across the state cannot opt out of legalizing marijuana, but have until December 31st of this year to opt out of dispensaries and consumption sites.

Lawmakers included directing 40% of tax revenue. From sales to black and latino communities in the new legislation due to being impacted by disparate policing in the war on drugs.

The new legislation automatically expunged the criminal records of people who were convicted of marijuana related offenses that are no longer illegal

Lawmakers also set a goal that 50% of cannabis business licenses be reserved for “social equity applicants” including people from communities impacted by marijuana arrests, women and minority business owners, distressed farmers and veterans with disabilities.

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