New York: The Hempire State?

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director May 20, 2013

    Marijuana law reform is gaining some serious momentum in New York as we approach the end of this year’s legislative session.

    Recent polling data released by Siena Research Institute revealed that 82% of New Yorkers support the medical use of marijuana. Fortunately for New York lawmakers, they can take action to address this issue that’s supported by an overwhelming majority of their constituents. Medical marijuana legislation is currently pending in both Houses of the New York Legislature and these measures have been gaining substantial political support. This legislation is expected to be debated by elected officials in the coming weeks. If you live in New York, click here to quickly and easily contact your state politicians and urge them to support this important legislation.

    In addition to medical marijuana, it seems that full legalization will also soon be debated. State Senator Liz Krueger announced her intentions to introduce legislation that would legalize the recreational use and limited cultivation of marijuana. The measure would also allow for the commercial sale of marijuana at retail outlets regulated by the New York State Alcohol Authority.

    “It is my intention as a New York State senator to soon introduce a law that would actually decriminalize, regulate and tax marijuana in New York,” stated Sen. Krueger.

    NORML will update you when this legislation is introduced.

    24 Responses to “New York: The Hempire State?”

    1. Fran says:

      It’s about ****ing TIME!!!!!! Will I live long enough to see this day? Marijuana has been PROVEN to be much safer than alcohol. Being a 60’s person, the ONLY effect grass ever had on me was it ‘took the edge’ off since I’m a type A personality…..that’s all it did….I took things in stride more – instead of stressing out and having high blood pressure. I would so welcome the ability to have a little grass now and then…..AND for all of you naysayers – the LAST thing you want to do on grass is “be violent or drive (ugh). Of course, the pizza place’s deliveries would go up!!

    2. Dennis Levy says:

      “Our mission is to get marijuana legalized, regulated, and taxed like alcohol in New York” said Deniece Kinash of ‘The American Pot Smokers Association” after a forum on marijuana sponsored by N.Y.S. Senator Liz Krueger (D. 26th). “When most people think about legalized marijuana, they think of either a medical marijuana dispensary, or a stoner bagging up eighths in their apartment. This is not entirely true. Legalized marijuana in New York would mean creating thousands of jobs for unemployed people,” she exclaimed.

    3. samantha farley says:

      I really hope they pass this medicimal marijuana i know people who r in so much pain and will never be able to live a normal life but would be nice to be able to enjoy what life they do hAVE LEFT THANKS FOR YOUR CONCERN OUR ELECTED CONGRESS

    4. Maux Kelly says:

      The MS society disapproves. What Pharma bought them? unbelievable.

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