New York: new York State MPs passed a bill legalizing entertainment on Tuesday Marijuana, With the governor Andrew Cuomo Saying that he would sign into law.
New York will be involved in allowing 14 other US states and the District of Columbia Cannabis Used by both after the bill State chamber, Where Cuomo's Democratic Party holds strong prominence.
"Prohibition of cannabis for too long targeted communities of color with harsh prison sentences," Cuomo said in a statement.
"This landmark law provides justice for long-term marginalized communities, embraces a new industry that will grow the economy, and establishes adequate security guards for the public."
Cuomo's office said the change could generate an additional $ 350 million in annual tax revenue and create tens of thousands of jobs.
The law would allow 21 adults and more to purchase cannabis and grow plants for personal consumption at home, with plans to divert some funds drug treatment And education.
New York will automatically clear the records of people with previous convictions of marijuana-related crimes who will no longer be criminalized.
The law would also abolish penalties for possession of up to three ounces (85 grams) of the drug, the new personal possession limit. An existing medical-marijuana program will be expanded.
The state plans a nine percent sales tax, with revenue from an additional four percent tax divided between local and county government.
The move comes as Cuomo faces an investigation into an alleged pattern of sexual harassment and intimidation of female employees, as well as allegations that her administration covered Kovid-19 related nursing home deaths. did.