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New York: No Action Taken on Marijuana Legalization Measures

New York lawmakers have failed to take action on the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act,” S. 6005/A. 8341 (the “MRTA”), a bill to legalize the possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis, before the adjournment of this year's legislative session.

In an August 2013 report, former New York City Comptroller John Liu estimated that taxing the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to adults would yield an estimated $400 million in tax revenue annually to New York City. A February 2014 Quinnipiac poll found that 57% of New York voters support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use. 

According to a June 2013 ACLU report, no state arrests more of its citizens for marijuana possession than New York, which cost us almost $680 million a year in 2010.

NORML will keep you updated on future legislation in New York.


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