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    New York Marijuana Bill Is Officially Released, With Votes Planned Within Days

    A new bill to legalize marijuana in New York was released on Saturday after lawmakers and the governor finalized a deal that has been negotiated for weeks. Votes in the legislature are now expected to take place in the coming week.

    Details about the agreed-upon language started to circulate on Wednesday, but now the text of the legislation has been released—a significant development that comes after lengthy talks between the Senate, Assembly and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) office.

    Sen. Liz Krueger (D), the lead Senate sponsor of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), said in a press release that the newly revised version of her legislation will “legalize adult-use cannabis in a way that foregrounds racial justice, while balancing safety with economic growth, encouraging new small businesses, and significantly diminishing the illegal market.”

    “My goal in carrying this legislation has always been to end the racially disparate enforcement of marijuana prohibition that has taken such a toll on communities of color across our state, and to use the economic windfall of legalization to help heal and repair those same communities,” she said. “I believe we have achieved that in this bill, as well as addressing the concerns and input of stakeholders across the board. When this bill becomes law, New York will be poised to implement a nation-leading model for what marijuana legalization can look like.”

    Assembly Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes (D), who is carrying the bill in her chamber, said the negotiated legislation “provides long awaited marijuana justice for New Yorkers, and makes significant steps and investments to begin to address the generational devastation caused by marijuana prohibition and mass incarceration.”

    Cuomo said that “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.”

    “After years of tireless advocacy and extraordinarily hard work, that time is coming to an end in New York State,” the governor said. “Legalizing adult-use cannabis isn’t just about creating a new market that will provide jobs and benefit the economy—it’s also about justice for long-marginalized communities and ensuring those who’ve been unfairly penalized in the past will now get a chance to benefit. I look forward to signing this legislation into law.”

    Here’s a summary of the main components of the 128-page New York marijuana legalization bill:

    -Adults 21 and older would be able to possess and purchase marijuana products from licensed retailers.

    -There would be no penalties for possession of up to three ounces of cannabis or 24 grams of marijuana concentrates.

    -Adults could also cultivate up to six plants for personal use, three of which could be mature. A maximum of 12 plants could be grown per household with more than one adult. Homegrow would not take effect until regulators set rules for it, and they would have a maximum of six months to do so for medical patients and must do so for adult-use consumers no later than 18 months after the first retail recreational sales begin.

    -People with convictions for marijuana-related activity made legal under the legislation would have their records automatically expunged.

    -A system of licenses for commercial cultivators, processors, distributors, retailers, cooperatives and nurseries would be created, with a prohibition on vertical integration except for microbusinesses.

    -Social consumption sites and delivery services would be permitted.

    -Individual jurisdictions would be allowed to opt out of allowing retailers or social consumption sites by the end of this year.

    -A new Office of Cannabis Management—an independent agency operating as part of the New York State Liquor Authority—would be responsible for regulating the cannabis market and would be overseen by a five-member Cannabis Control Board. Three members would be appointed by the governor, and the Senate and Assembly would appoint one member each.

    -The legislation sets a goal of having 50 percent of marijuana business licenses issued to social equity applicants, defined as people from “communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of cannabis prohibition” as well as minority- and women-owned businesses, disabled veterans and financially distressed farmers.

    -Cannabis products would be subject to a state tax of nine percent, plus an additional four percent local tax that would be split between counties and cities/towns/villages. Marijuana distributors would also face a THC tax based on type of product, as follows: 0.5 cents per milligram for flower, 0.8 cents per milligram for concentrated cannabis and 3 cents per milligram for edibles.

    -Tax revenue from marijuana sales would cover the costs of administering the program. After that, 40 percent of the remaining dollars would go to a community reinvestment fund, 40 percent would support the state’s public schools and 20 percent would fund drug treatment facilities and public education programs.

    -Police could not use the odor of cannabis to justify searches.

    -The State Department of Health would oversee a study of technologies for detecting cannabis-impaired driving, after which it could approve and certify the use of such a test. Additional funds for drug recognition experts also would be made available.

    -The state’s existing medical cannabis program would also be changed to expand the list of qualifying conditions and allow patients to smoke marijuana products. Patients could also obtain a 60-day, rather than 30-day, supply.

    -Smokable hemp flower sales would be allowed.

    -Current medical cannabis businesses could participate in the recreational market in exchange for licensing fees that will help to fund the social equity program.

    “The legislature finds that existing marihuana laws have not been beneficial to the welfare of the general public,” the bill’s findings section states. “Existing laws have been ineffective in reducing or curbing marihuana use and have instead resulted in devastating collateral consequences including mass incarceration and other complex generational trauma, that inhibit an otherwise law abiding citizen’s ability to access housing, employment opportunities, and other vital services. Existing laws have also created an illicit market which represents a threat to public health and reduces the ability of the legislature to deter the accessing of marihuana by minors. Existing marihuana laws have disproportionately impacted African-American and Latinx communities.”

    https://www.marijuanamoment.net/new-...d-within-days/
    Team-Haze

    #2
    B04FA84E-3263-4EEE-A19C-E2AB24793201.jpeg8F0BFD69-B624-4AF1-97A3-00BB91B6522D.jpeg Good Morning Hempy nice to live through so many changes ... we live in interesting and strange times & I’ve witnessed the evolution 1st hand this is the part I find pretty pertinent >>>
    Adults could also cultivate up to six plants for personal use, three of which could be mature. A maximum of 12 plants could be grown per household with more than one adult. Homegrow would not take effect until regulators set rules for it, and they would have a maximum of six months to do so for medical patients and must do so for adult-use consumers no later than 18 months after the first retail recreational sales begin.

    -People with convictions for marijuana-related activity made legal under the legislation would have their records automatically expunged.
    I have two felony convictions for criminal possession it be nice to become a regular citizen again Thank God there’s a provision for personal home growing

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      #3
      Need to completely deregulate it for people 21+. Anything less is just another way for them to sell your rights back to you.

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        #4
        great news indded, I hope all goes well and that the people in charge of lawmaking will finally come to their senses. Been hoping for the same thing to happen on the european continent since for what feels like forever BUT : FAT CHANCE!!!

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          #5
          It's funny how government works. The endgame of government is slavery. They train you by first taking away your God given rights, then make you think the rights come from them by "legalizing" those rights as long as you pay tribute in the form of taxes. In this particular case
          -Cannabis products would be subject to a state tax of nine percent, plus an additional four percent local tax that would be split between counties and cities/towns/villages. Marijuana distributors would also face a THC tax based on type of product, as follows: 0.5 cents per milligram for flower, 0.8 cents per milligram for concentrated cannabis and 3 cents per milligram for edibles.
          So that 0.5 cents per milligram for flower equates to over 40% THC tax alone plus the nine percent state tax plus the four percent local tax. You gotta laugh at how screwed up this shit really is. What a joke.

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            #6
            Originally posted by star crash View Post
            B04FA84E-3263-4EEE-A19C-E2AB24793201.jpeg8F0BFD69-B624-4AF1-97A3-00BB91B6522D.jpeg Good Morning Hempy nice to live through so many changes ... we live in interesting and strange times & I’ve witnessed the evolution 1st hand this is the part I find pretty pertinent >>> I have two felony convictions for criminal possession it be nice to become a regular citizen again Thank God there’s a provision for personal home growing
            3 ounces possession is the legal limit. " convictions for marijuana-related activity made legal under the legislation "
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              #7
              Originally posted by star crash View Post
              [ATTACH=JSON]Good Morning Hempy nice to live through so many changes ... we live in interesting and strange times & I’ve witnessed the evolution 1st hand this is the part I find pretty pertinent >>> I have two felony convictions for criminal possession it be nice to become a regular citizen again Thank God there’s a provision for personal home growing
              Hiya Star i know some see this as baby steps but i see this as a huge step because it now gives people legal protection to grow and use cannabis.

              In time prior convictions will hopefully be removed from people records and it opens up commercial ventures for many and not just big canna.

              If people think that cannabis will be legalized with no plant limit or they will allow us to drive around with a ton of weed in the back of a pick up any time soon then your going to be disappointed.
              Team-Haze

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                #8
                If government is suddenly now giving you "permission" to do something that you've always done before,
                you can be sure you're gonna get the "privilege" of paying fees and taxes for receiving that "permission"...


                ..
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                Isn't Mother Nature grand !

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                  #9
                  Star here you go mate happy days


                  New York to Expunge Convictions With Marijuana Legalization
                  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...a-legalization
                  Team-Haze

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by star crash View Post
                    B04FA84E-3263-4EEE-A19C-E2AB24793201.jpeg8F0BFD69-B624-4AF1-97A3-00BB91B6522D.jpeg Good Morning Hempy nice to live through so many changes ... we live in interesting and strange times & I’ve witnessed the evolution 1st hand this is the part I find pretty pertinent >>> I have two felony convictions for criminal possession it be nice to become a regular citizen again Thank God there’s a provision for personal home growing
                    wow that plant looks huge ! or is just the pic , how big is the pot and what strain are you´re growing there?

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                      #11
                      It was huge ... back in 2007 ... grown illegally in NYS

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by star crash View Post
                        It was huge ... back in 2007 ... grown illegally in NYS
                        I´d love to see it in full bloom with frosty buds and all, must be amazing!

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