New York lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill legalizing marijuana and eliminating old drug-related convictions. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his commitment to signing the bill into law, which, when passed, will allow the state’s citizens to consume, produce and carry considerable amounts of marijuana.
The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, under the legal name S854A, calls out the state’s drug policies as “broken, unfair and outdated” and alleges that prohibition “has thrust thousands of New Yorkers into the criminal justice system for non-violent offenses, denying many the fundamental right to participate in the democratic process of voting and inhibiting otherwise law-abiding citizens’ ability to access housing, student loans, employment opportunities, and other vital services.”
Under the new legislation, individuals will be allowed to grow up to six cannabis plants and can store up to five pounds (more than 2 kilograms) of the drug in their home. They can also legally possess up to three ounces (85 grams) of marijuana outside their home.
This is one of the critical points, considering that one gram is usually enough to make a marijuana cigarette. The legislation will allow people to possess the amount to assemble more than 2,000 marijuana cigarettes at home and walk freely through the streets with more than 80 cigarettes. The inevitable question is: Who needs so much quantity if it is not for sale? Of course, the legislation does not talk about this at all.
As part of a typical mask of reality commonly used by leftist policies, the legislation seeks to show supposedly favorable points for society. Taxes on marijuana will be established for community subsidies, general education and drug treatment, and public education.
Cannabis is a drug whose possession, cultivation, or sale remains illegal under federal law. People who ingest marijuana experience effects that can range from relaxation to panic. The effects come from the tetrahydrocannabinol and other chemicals in marijuana. Their levels of addiction and the cognitive impairment that long-term use produces have been proven in countless scientific studies. However, that doesn’t seem to matter much to the Democrats who have passed this legislation.
The House passed the bill 100-49, and the state Senate passed it 40-23. All that remains is the signature of Governor Cuomo, who communicated his interest in passing the bill.
“This is a historic day in New York, one that right the wrongs of the past by ending harsh prison sentences, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State’s economy and prioritizes marginalized communities so that those who have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits,” the state governor said in a statement.
While the battle for the decriminalization and free consumption of marijuana is gradually spreading to all countries in the world, what for some is a breakthrough in terms of freedoms for others causes serious problems that even surpass the issues ignored when approving its consumption, such as the well-known addiction or the scientifically proven brain damage.
Former President Trump committed to raising awareness about the real disorders generated by the drug that has just been legalized in New York.
Trump donated the $100,000, corresponding to his salary for the second quarter of 2019, to support awareness in the United States of the dangerous damage caused by marijuana consumption, AP News reported at the time.
For his part, the 2019 U.S. physician general, Jerome Adams, highlighted the risk to adolescents and pregnant women, mainly, according to a report issued by the nation’s Health and Safety Service (HHS) on August 29, 2019, under the Trump administration.