New York Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana

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  • A salad with fried marijuana leafs is served at Abhaibhubejhr hospital canteen which adds cannabis infused dishes to its menu after cannabis leaves, stems, stalks and roots were officially removed from Thailand's narcotics list, allowing basically any part of the plant except for the buds to be used for consumption, in Prachin Buri province, outside Bangkok, Thailand January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

    A salad with fried marijuana leafs is served at Abhaibhubejhr hospital canteen which adds cannabis infused dishes to its menu after cannabis leaves, stems, stalks and roots were officially removed from Thailand's narcotics list, allowing basically any part of the plant except for the buds to be used for consumption, in Prachin Buri province, outside Bangkok, Thailand January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - New York lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday, March 30, to legalize adult use of marijuana, which will make it the 15th state in the United States to allow recreational use of the drug.

    Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was looking forward to signing the bill into law.

    “New York has a storied history of being the progressive capital of the nation, and this important legislation will once again carry on that legacy,” he said in a statement.

    New York’s state Senate passed the bill with 40-23 votes, while the Assembly voted 100-49.

    The decision was also welcomed by NORML, a pro-marijuana group, which said that tens of thousands of New Yorkers were arrested every year over petty marijuana offenses, and that most were young, poor, and people of color.

    “The legalization of marijuana is a racial and criminal justice imperative, and today’s vote is a critical step towards a fairer and more just system,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.

    The New York State’s official website recently projected that tax collections from the adult-use cannabis program would reach $350 million annually and also create 30,000 to 60,000 new jobs across the State.

    Read: DPR Open to Medical Marijuana Discourse, Urged to Revise Narcotics Law

    REUTERS