Weed Now Legal in NYC

  Last modified on March 19th, 2024

Governor Cuomo has announced the legalization of recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and over.

Lawmakers recently finalized the bill before it went before the state Assembly and Senate.


The governor has now signed the bill and has released the following statement:

“At long last, New York has legalized marijuana and created a fair program that will uplift communities of color previously harmed by criminalization. I am thrilled this legislation has achieved much of what we pushed for with that effort by prioritizing licenses for those negatively impacted by criminalization, expunging convictions for past marijuana charges, and new social equity initiatives that will help communities most harmed by past marijuana laws. I thank Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Stewart Cousins, Assembly Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes and Senator Krueger for fighting for justice through this important legislation.”

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The new bill decriminalizes the possession of up to 3 ounces, and those who were previously charged with possession will have their records expunged.

The legal cannabis industry is estimated to generate about $350 million in annual revenue and create between 30,000 and 60,000 jobs. It’s expected that retail stores won’t start popping up for another year, but in the meantime, adults can grow up to six pot plants at home.

Senator Liz Krueger, one of the leaders of the movement to legalize weed, released the following statement via Twitter.


Other local leaders joined in with tweets to show their support.

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