State Legislature votes to legalize marijuana

Marijuana in New York state
Marijuana in New York state(MGN)
Updated: Mar. 31, 2021 at 8:31 AM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and eventually allow marijuana sales to people over the age of 21 under a bill that passed the Senate and Assembly Tuesday.

Legislative leaders will now send the bill to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The governor has 10 days to approve or veto a bill once it lands on his desk, otherwise, the bill becomes law. He has said he will sign it.

It has taken years for the state’s lawmakers to come to a consensus on how to legalize recreational marijuana in New York.

New York would become the 16th state to legalize marijuana sales to adults.

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