The state of New York has approved the recreational use of marijuana for those over 21 years of age, as confirmed by the governor, Andrew Cuomo, who has reached an agreement on the matter with local congressmen.
Thus, the United States now has fifteen states that have legalized the use of cannabis for these purposes. The debate in the New York Assembly lasted three hours, and the measure is expected to be ratified during the course of the day.
From then on, any resident of the state will be able to buy and grow up to six plants (three that have matured and three that have not) for personal consumption.
The agreement also reflects that the possession will not be legal for minors under 21 years of age, according to information from the television network CNN. Cuomo, for his part, has assured that the law seeks to create a market that generates income in the state and several jobs, in addition to achieving justice for “long-marginalized communities”.
In this sense, he also hopes to ensure that those who were unjustly penalized have the opportunity to benefit”. “Legalizing adult-use cannabis is not only about creating a new market that will provide jobs and benefit the economy but also about ensuring that those who have been unfairly penalized for it in the past have the opportunity to finally benefit,” he said.
“This landmark legislation brings justice to New York State by ending prohibition and challenging those convicted, who are mostly black and Latino New Yorkers,” said Anne Oredeko of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Rational Justice Unit.