New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have reached an agreement to legalize the use of marijuana by adults and establish regulations for commercial cannabis production and sales. State legislators are expected to vote on the bill on Tuesday, in time for provisions of the measure to be incorporated into the state budget due on April 1.
Under the measure, Senate Bill S854A, penalties for possession of less than three ounces of cannabis would be eliminated. Home cultivation would also be legalized, with adults 21 and older permitted to grow three mature and three immature cannabis plants and a cap of six mature and six immature plants per household. The bill also allows for the expungement of past marijuana offenses no longer illegal under the measure.
“For generations, too many New Yorkers have been unfairly penalized for the use and sale of adult-use cannabis, arbitrarily arrested and jailed with harsh mandatory minimum sentences,” Cuomo said in a statement announcing the agreement with lawmakers. “After years of tireless advocacy and extraordinarily hard work, that time is coming to an end in New York State.”
“Legalizing adult-use cannabis isn’t just about creating a new market that will provide jobs and benefit the economy—it’s also