New York Officially Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

On March 30, 2021 the state of New York State Legislature passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana across the state, but that doesn’t mean that people can light up anywhere. There are a number of restrictions. Despite the large legal cannabis market in California, New York will impact the larger industry and culture beyond state lines and orders. 

There are currently around three dozen dispensaries statewide for medical marijuana, but that will change going forward as the first legal size. It is expected by the New York Governor Office that the industry will create 30,000-60,000 jobs and collect $350 million in annual tax revenue. 

New York is one of the most visited destinations in the world and will attract a new wave of cannabis ambassadors and influence. 

The U.S. federal law states that marijuana is illegal, and Canadian law states that it’s illegal to transport any form of cannabis across borders. College campuses in New York will have to follow federal rules. At the moment, New Yorkers 21 years old and older can possess, obtain, and transport up to 3 ounces of cannabis and can also possess up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis oil. 

It’s predicted that there will be an East Coast domino effect where other states such as Connecticut and Rhode Island will follow suit. In the long term, New York’s influence will aid the East Coast in becoming a bigger market and have more lobbying power. As much excitement that is happening around the news, it demonstrates the need for legalization and decriminalization as a whole for social and economic equality.

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