New York latest state to look at legalisation of cannabis

The momentum is there now, it won’t be stopped.

State after state is looking at legalisation of cannabis. New York is just the latest.

Riding high on optimism, State Senator Liz Krueger and a bevy of Democratic pols began a public push today to legalize and tax marijuana in New York State.

Ms. Krueger will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot in the State Senate, beginning an uphill battle that could pit her against Republicans, who partially control the Senate chamber, and possibly Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Speaking today, Ms. Krueger defended the bill in the face of expected criticism.

“Am I supporting this legislation because I think everybody should go out and smoke marijuana or because I want to smoke marijuana? No,” the East Side lawmaker said at a press conference on the steps of City Hall. “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.”

Known as the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, the bill would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana along lines similar to the state’s current system regulating alcohol. It would remove penalties for possession of two ounces or less, make 18 the minimum legal age for possession and consumption, but prohibit sales of pot to people under 21. An excise tax of $50 per ounce would be established and local authorities would be able to charge sales tax on retail sales.

Treating cannabis like tobacco and alcohol is sensible…a move that is easy to do.

I still can’t fathom why we have legal highs from synthetic cannabis but forbid natural highs from organic cannabis.

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