NY legislature ‘really, really close’ to legalizing recreational marijuana: Stewart-Cousins

Marijuana legalization in NY, NJ

NEW YORK — New York lawmakers are “really, really close” to legalizing adult recreational marijuana usage, including a limited number of homegrown plants, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Tuesday.

Now the state could be just days away from legalizing recreational marijuana, if Albany Democrats succeed in passing a bill next week.

Sticking points about driving while under the influence and impacts on traffic safety had been recently holding up negotiations, but they have since been worked out, Stewart-Cousins said.

New York would join a dozen U.S. states that have already made it state law.

The move comes at a time when the state is desperate for cash in the wake of pandemic economic devastation. It’s estimated that legal weed could bring in an estimated $350 million annually in taxes.

Democrats, who control both the Senate and Assembly, overwhelmingly support it, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo has supported the legalization for several years.

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