Three top U.S. Democratic senators on Wednesday unveiled a discussion draft of a bill that aims to legalize cannabis, a move that would allow adult Americans to buy and possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana without facing criminal penalties.
The Riverhead Town Board voted down Wednesday a proposal to opt out of allowing recently legalized recreational marijuana to be sold and consumed at pot shops and cannabis cafés.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the state bill to legalize marijuana on March 31, and there is an estimated $350 million in annual tax revenues that the bill would bring to New York State.
A lot has to happen before New York can get cannabis sales rolling by April 1, 2022 — even if New Yorkers will be able to grow weed at home sooner.
More town and village leaders on Long Island have declared plans to opt out of allowing legalized pot shops and cannabis cafés in their communities, but there is no consensus on an island-wide ban.
Long Island's top two Democratic leaders are at odds over whether the region's towns, villages, and cities should ban the sale of newly legalized recreational marijuana.
Embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a legislative agreement late on Saturday night to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in New York State with recent critics, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
Democrats, who control the New York legislature, have come to terms on a measure to legalize marijuana, which would make the state the 15th in the country to allow recreational use of the drug, according to two reports on Thursday.