New York moves towards a vote on legalization
Legalization efforts in New York seemed to have slowed recently, but there’s new hope after a set of conferences last week that lawmakers in the Empire State could vote to legalize this week. The current legislative session is set to end on Wednesday, and Democrats seem to have reached a compromise that should allow a new bill to move forward. Identical texts have been introduced in both chambers of the legislature there, and that’s a pretty good indication that there’s going to be some action this week, though nothing has been guaranteed yet in terms of support. Rumors say that some lawmakers are worried that legalizing could draw flak from some of the more conservative corners of the state, and there have also been arguments about home cultivation, tax allocations, and how much leeway individual communities in the state would have in terms of opting out of any rules.
But so far, all the signs are good, which means that we could see movement as soon as Wednesday. New York would definitely become one of the biggest markets for cannabis in the United States, and because any possible legalization laws would also likely expunge arrest records and convictions for cannabis users, the bill could have a big affect on the legal system up there as well.
If you are in New York or know anyone who is, now might be a great time to call up legislators and show your support for the bill. Voters in New York definitely support legalization, but a little extra noise might help push this bill over the line. Good luck, New York!