ALBANY, NY (WIVB) – Governor Cuomo signed a law legalizing adult cannabis use in the state.
It is not entirely clear how much marijuana a person can have in their home, but it should be kept in a safe place away from children.
Outside of their homes, people can have up to three ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of cannabis concentrate.
Growing at home is a bit more complicated. People are not allowed to grow their own marijuana plants until 18 months after the first adult sales for recreational marijuana begin.
Once this is cleared, a person at least 21 years old will be able to grow up to three mature plants and three immature plants at a time. There will be a limit of six mature plants and six immature plants per household.
In addition to legalizing it, the legislation establishes the Cannabis Management Office, expands the state’s medical marijuana program, and establishes a licensing system.
In total, Governor Cuomo says it is expected to bring in $ 350 million in tax revenue each year and potentially create 30,000 to 60,000 jobs.
All cannabis tax revenues will go to the state Cannabis Revenue Fund. In addition to covering the costs of administering the program and implementing the law, here’s how the rest of the money will be used:
- Education: 40 percent
- Community Grants Reinvestment Fund: 40%
- Drug addiction treatment and public education fund: 20%
“This legislation is an important first step in addressing racial disparities caused by the war on drugs that has plagued our state for too long. This effort lasted for years and we finally achieved what many thought was impossible, a bill that legalizes marijuana while upholding social fairness, improving education and protecting public safety.
Majority Leader in the Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins
According to Cuomo’s office, the new law “creates an automatic expungement or conviction for anyone who has ever been convicted of marijuana who would now be legal under the law.”
News of Cuomo’s signing of the bill comes a day after state lawmakers voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults.
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Cuomo’s office says municipalities can choose not to allow adult cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses. To do this, they must pass a local law by December 31.
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