would end New York’s prohibition on marijuana and treat it similarly to alcohol. The bill would legalize the production, use, and distribution of marijuana for adults 21 and older.
New Yorkers be warned though. As the Voice says…”But for any adult-use law to pass, there needs to be political will in the legislature, something that has confounded recreational advocates for years. Unlike in other states that have already legalized recreational marijuana through ballot initiatives, in New York only legislators have the power to change the law. New Yorkers will have to lean on their elected officials, Frederique says. “I think for better and for worse, we have a lot of cautious legislators who can sometimes lean on the wait-and-see approach,” she offers, referring mainly to New York’s more conservative senate. “For marijuana legislation in New York, that’s not an appropriate way to look at it. It’s not about wait-and-see, it’s about starting to restore the communities that have been devastated by marijuana prohibition.”