Start spreading the news: weed is legal today in old New York.
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older in the state, the culmination of several years of false starts and failed efforts.
In a statement, Cuomo hailed the moment as “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.”
The law paves the way for the creation of a new marijuana industry in the state, though regulated sales of pot aren’t expected to begin for at least 18 months. But the new law will also usher in some immediate changes. For example, New Yorkers are now legally allowed to possess up to three ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate. And according to the New York Times, New Yorkers “are permitted to smoke cannabis in public wherever smoking tobacco is allowed, though localities and a new state agency could create regulations to more strictly control smoking cannabis in public,” though smoking