It Passed at Last! All About Marijuana Legalization in New York

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It has taken many years and a lot of effort, but recreational marijuana was finally legalized in the state of New York on Thursday, March 25. Lawmakers hope the move will end years of racially disproportionate policing for low-level marijuana charges. Additionally, a market opportunity analysis suggests that the legalization could pave the way for a ~$4.2 billion industry. Let’s take a look at how our lives will change now that the budget is passed!

Will Medical Marijuana Policies Change at All?

In addition to the legalization of recreational marijuana, New York medical marijuana will also be undergoing several notable changes. As you can imagine, medical marijuana patients will no longer be limited to strictly consuming medical marijuana, for starters. Additionally, patients will now be permitted to store a 60-day supply, doubling the previous legal amount.

Is Recreational Marijuana Legal RIGHT NOW?

Using recreational marijuana is now legal in the state of New York. However, selling it is not legal just yet. We’ll likely have to wait roughly a year for the rules and regulations of this highly regulated market to be ironed out.

What Does Recreational Legalization Really Mean?

Here is a quick rundown on the general rules on possession of cannabis.

  • New Yorkers may possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis or 24 grams of concentrated cannabis for recreational use.
  • Anyone over the age of 21 can consume cannabis or provide it to others who are also over the age of 21.
  • Up to five pounds of cannabis may be stored at home in a reasonably secure place.
  • If you exceed the possession or storage limits, you could be subject to punishment ranging from a simple violation to a felony.

Where Can I Consume Cannabis?

When it comes to public spaces, smoking cannabis is legal wherever smoking tobacco is legal. Smoking at a school or in the workplace could lead to a civil penalty of up to $25 or a maximum of 20 hours of community service, however. You are legally allowed to smoke at a private residence, given your landlord doesn’t prohibit such activities.

It’s still illegal to drive while impaired, so be sure to avoid smoking in your car or driving after consuming cannabis.

Can I Grow My Own Marijuana?

Yes! Individuals are permitted to cultivate a maximum of six marijuana plants at home (indoors or outdoors) for personal consumption.

Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC Provide Guidance for Medical Marijuana Use

To explore pain reliever alternatives that don’t interact poorly with your other medications or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call us at (516) 570-7565. Lauraine Kanders offers online counseling and telemedicine to patients coping with PTSD, mental health difficulties, epilepsy and other conditions. Live your best pain-free life with help from Lauraine Kanders.

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