New York will contribute to 14 other states and the District of Columbia that already allow cannabis use. The bill was supported by both houses of the state legislature, in which A. Cuomo’s Democratic Party has a strong majority.
“For too long, the ban on cannabis has been disproportionately imposed on non-white communities, with severe prison sentences,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“This important law ensures justice for long-excluded communities, recognizes a new industry that will help the economy grow, and establishes strong safeguards for society,” the governor said.
His office has said the change could raise $ 350 million a year. dollars (298 million euros) in additional taxes and created tens of thousands of jobs.
Under the law, people aged 21 and over will be able to buy cannabis and grow it for personal use at home, and part of the proceeds is planned to be used for drug treatment and information.
The state of New York will automatically revoke people’s previous convictions for marijuana crimes that are no longer considered crimes under the new law.
Penalties for possession of this drug up to 85 g will also be abolished, and the current marijuana medical program will be expanded.
The state plans to tax marijuana sales at 9 percent. and revenue from one additional 4%. the tax will be distributed to local and county administrations.
The law came at a time when Cuomo was threatened with an investigation into his alleged sexual harassment and intimidation of female workers, as well as allegations that his administration had covered COVID-19-related deaths in foster homes.