New York State Legislators Announce Marijuana Legalization Bill

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director December 11, 2013

    appleAt a press conference this morning, New York Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) and state Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced their intent to introduce legislation to legalize the possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis.

    Speaking at the press conference, the Assembly bill’s sponsor Rep. Gottfried said, “We really need to move beyond our totally broken prohibition model to a sensible tax and regulate model. I think it’s widely recognized that marijuana is at most nowhere near as potentially harmful as alcohol and our law is dishonest.”

    Added Sen. Krueger, “I don’t believe a drug that is proven to be less dangerous, from a health perspective, than alcohol or tobacco should be under laws that actually criminalize and ruin lives when alcohol or tobacco are regulated and taxed.”

    The proposed Assembly and Senate measures would allow adults over the age of 18 to possess up to 2 ounces of dried marijuana, 1/4 ounce of marijuana concentrates, and to cultivate up to 6 plants. The legislation would also establish regulations for state-licensed retail cannabis outlets throughout the state. Retail sales would be limited to adults over the age of 21.

    New York City Comptroller John Liu estimates that taxing the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to adults would yield an estimated $400 million annually, just in the city alone.

    According to a 2013 ACLU report, no state arrests more of its citizens for marijuana possession than New York.

    NEW YORK RESIDENTS: Click here to easily contact your elected officials and urge them to support this legislation.

    102 responses to “New York State Legislators Announce Marijuana Legalization Bill”

    1. TheOracle says:

      Hear! Hear!

      The sooner the better. I would hope New York state won’t be outdone by New Jersey, but when it comes to cannabis that’s the way it’s looking right now.

      Once New York finally has it’s Pauline Moment on cannabis and legalizes for medical, industrial and adult recreational use, then pussy Pennsylvania can follow. The state is hurting for money for its pension obligations, and has to come up with money basically to pay for corporate welfare (tax breaks and incentives) to attract businesses willing to make jobs.

      Pennsylvania’s Governor Corbett and his Republican prohibitionists really suck greasy donkey dick, although they have done an excellent job of running the state financially into the ground, making it ripe for legalization. Someone such as John Hanger just has to make it into the Governor’s Mansion.

    2. Miles says:

      Wow – This is huge! Finally some sense of compassion and intelligence from some of our nations elected officials!

      Note: They are Democrats. I fully expect the Repugnicans to fight this…

    3. Amanda Geiger says:

      Meth kills, weed chills.

    4. Bryan Gibson says:

      Wooooo this is a great chance, i’m confident that new york will succeed in this

    5. Dr. C says:

      Excellent! As a New Yorker I’ve been waiting for this opportunity! I’ll do everything to support throwing away these damaging prohibition policies. It’s time for this state to stop spending money and effort in ways that ultimately work against it’s goals and the well-being of it’s citizens.

      Lets trade unregulated drug money for well spent state funds.
      Lets trade opportunistic illicit dealers for ID checking businesses.
      Lets trade 40,000 yearly pot arrests for focus on real crimes.
      Lets trade contradictory laws for a restored trust/respect in gov’t.

      It’s clear that the people demand freedom for this EXTREMELY beneficial substance and its about time lawmakers see the failure of the current drug war policies.

    6. Augie Toth says:

      I don’t believe it is justified punish those who consume safer drug known as Marijuana where Alcohol, and tobacco on other hand is known to be very dangerous to one’s health.

      Why are we paying with tax dollars fighting against Marijuana that have proven no positive result? Image, paying somebody sit in jail just because they were smoking a joint and didn’t harm anyone, and cause fights like drunken alcoholic does, what is the point of this?

      We all know that often there would be fights in bars from drunk customers, ask yourself, how many times have you heard bunch of pothead started the fight? I personally haven’t heard of one.

      Isn’t it time to regulate and tax Marijuana, and get rid of dangerous black market that sells most popular product known as… Marijuana?


    7. bc says:

      Bill ask for way too much to ever pass.

    8. rebekka says:

      Wowowo catch me smoking on the block

    9. RUT says:

      Stop and frisk could be the reason for high arrest rate. Americans should not accept these “new normal” intrusions from authorities. I hope legalization is a reality soon. I think we need to have a list of marijuana friendly candidates. So voters will know who is dragging their feet while our people keep getting arrested for nothing. I attribute the high number of people serving long sentences for almost nothing to misguided politicians. When judges had the ability to apply judgment to a case and not be controlled by minimum sentencing laws and sentencing being more controlled by prosecutors. One of our political parties famous for play books came up with a real good play. When you see a verdict that gets a sentence that is unpopular involving an emotionally charged case you scream the judges are legislating from the bench and need to be reigned in. They could lobby for this and use the press to weaken the judiciary branch. Prosecutors can ask and receive more harsh sentences than a judge might decide on. This is great for prosecutors who have political aspirations and want to appear to be hard on crime. Great for the prosecutor bad for American freedom and fairness. These leaders of ours have taken too long to right this injustice. Praise these N.Y. law makers who are stepping up and support them with your vote!

    10. Kenneth Rogers says:

      Go get em NY. We are all rooting for you guys and gals.