What You Need To Know About The New NYS Cannabis Laws
As long as I can remember, citizens have been fighting for the legalization of Marijuana in the United States. The 1960s and 1970s era more specifically. I never thought in my lifetime, it would happen.
And then in 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Currently 15 states are on board, with more set to go including New York and New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed it into law last month and on March 31st, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo did the same. 36 states allow legalized medical marijuana.
So what are the rules that New York State will be enforcing concerning the legalization of recreational marijuana? First of all, you must be an adult 21 or older. According to the New York State Governor website, cities, towns and village of New York State have the option to "not allow adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses." But municipalities can't opt out of adult use legalization.
Same as driving alcohol impaired, cannabis impaired driving will also be against the law, and penalties will remain as they are now according to the NYS Governor website. Personal possession outside the home will be limited to 3 ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate.
If you possess cannabis in your home, it must be kept secure and away from anyone under the age of 21. The NYS Governor website also details rules for cannabis home growing. The site mentions that tax from cannabis sale could reach 350 million annually for New York State and could potentially add 30,000 to 60,000 new jobs.
This is also a big win for those who rely on medical marijuana for health reasons. Check out the website for more information for clarification of the adult use cannabis laws in New York State .