On Saturday, a new reform to authorize cannabis in New York was introduced as the governor and legislators reached a consensus about a reform that they’d been discussing for weeks. The legislators are expected to vote in favor or against the reform this week.
Details regarding the agreed-upon text began circulating on Wednesday; however, the legislation’s text has now been launched. This significant development arrives after long talks between Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, Assembly, and Senate.
Senator Krueger Liz, the top Senate champion for the MRTA (Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act), stated that her recently revised legislation will legalize recreational marijuana in a manner that emphasizes racial justice, balances economic growth with safety, promotes small-scale startups, and significantly diminishes the illicit market.
She said that her legislation’s objective is to end marijuana prohibition’s racially different enforcement that negatively impacted black and brown communities throughout the state. The proposal also aims to use the legalization’s economic windfall to repair and heal those same communities. She said that she believes they have attained that in this reform and addressed the stakeholder’s input and concerns across the landscape. When this reform becomes law, the state is set to a nation-leading design for what cannabis authorization may look like.
People-Stokes, the Assembly Majority leader who’s carrying the reform within her chamber, said the discussed proposal offers the long-awaited cannabis justice for New York residents—adding that it also makes crucial investments and steps to begin tackling the generational desolation caused by cannabis criminalization and mass incarceration.
Cuomo said that after ages of persistent advocacy and extraordinary hard work, that moment has come to an end within New York. He added that recreational cannabis legalization is more than creating a new retail market that offers employment opportunities and merits the economy. It also entails justice for marginalized minorities