The Monumental Potential of New York’s New Legal Cannabis Program
Advocates are calling New York’s legal marijuana program the best in the nation. One called it a watershed and a new era for marijuana justice, after hard work and long odds.
Years of wrangling and tense negotiations finally ended in victory when adult use marijuana was finally legalized on March 31, 2021.
How Great is New York’s New Legal Cannabis Program?
Let me count the ways.
First of all, possession by adults of up to three ounces of cannabis and 24 grams of concentrate is legal, effective immediately.
And, the New York City police force, which seems to enjoy stopping people and cars that allegedly smell of cannabis, can no longer use that aroma as an excuse. An NYPD memo, also effective immediately, noted that probable cause was necessary.
In the same vein, data shows that 94% of all weed-related arrests in the Big Apple impacted Black people and other people of color in 2020. Given this troubling statistic, a long, slow sigh of relief was exhaled when the memo was made public.
Home cultivation, the bane of our collective existence, is permitted once regulations are adopted. Adults can grow a maximum of three mature plants and three immature plants. Households with two or more adults are