New York legislators are reeling fast with proposals to adjust the states cannabis regulations next year. They have already submitted eight policy changes to be considered in the next session.
These new initiatives will change the state’s existing medical marijuana measures and come amid various calls for the legislators and governor to authorize cannabis for recreational purposes in 2021.
As discussions proceed about the comprehensive reform, seven policy changes have been tabled to the Assembly and one to the Senate. They concentrate on a broad spectrum of subjects such as tenant’s rights for medicinal marijuana and health insurance coverage for cannabis products.
As these new regulations are being launched, the state legislators are also pursuing adult-use marijuana authorization.
New York’s Governor, Cuomo Andrew, said recently that implementing a controlled marijuana market and taxing products could subdue financial losses caused by the COVID19 pandemic.
Although Andrew has constantly featured the legalization in his previous two-yearly budget proposals, the bill has never advanced because of disagreements about some regulations such as how to distribute the consequential revenue and the tax module. However next year looks more promising for implementing the reform, particularly after citizens in the nearby New Jersey passed the decriminalization bill during last month’s ballot box.
In early December, a high-ranking Republican from New York’s Assembly asserted that he expects lawmakers to authorize marijuana in the upcoming session.
In November, Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Senate Majority Leader) uttered that she also expects that the new proposal will advance next year. She also pointed out that lawmakers still have to determine how cannabis tax returns will be disseminated.
Senate Democrats have more power to advance the policies they like since they became the supermajority after November’s election. If the governor were to veto any reform over aspects that he dislikes, they would have sufficient votes to surpass him.