The law allows the cultivation of cannabis, the sale to people over 21 and the possession of up to 85 grams; part of the resources collected by the industry will be used for treatment against chemical dependency
O State of Nova York approved on Tuesday, 30, a project that legalizes the recreational use of marihuana. Legislation, which allows the cultivation of cannabis, the sale to people over 21 and the possession of up to 85 grams, is considered one of the most comprehensive on the subject in the USA. It will also expand the plant’s medical use program and eliminate the track record of people who have been convicted of marijuana-related cases that are no longer considered crimes. The initiative passed by 4 votes to 23 in the Senate and 100 votes to 49 in the House, but it still needs final approval from the governor Andrew Cuomo, which has already said it will sanction the measure. “This historic legislation has given justice to marginalized communities for a long time, embraces a new industry that will make the economy grow and establishes substantial security guarantees for the population,” Cuomo said in a statement. The governor’s office indicated that legalizing marijuana could represent $ 350 million a year in taxes and create tens of thousands of jobs. Part of the funds raised will be used for treatment against drug addiction and education campaigns. In this way, New York will join 14 other American states, in addition to the District of Columbia – which already allows the use of cannabis by adults. However, the estimate is that the start of commercialization will take from 18 months to two years.