New York’s state legislature passed a bill Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would sign it.
The state Senate voted 40-23 to pass the legislation. Later in the evening, the state Assembly voted 100-49 in favor of the bill.
If the bill is signed, the Empire State would become the 15th state in the country, along with the District of Columbia, to have legalized the drug for recreational use.
“For too long the prohibition of cannabis disproportionately targeted communities of color with harsh prison sentences and after years of hard work, this landmark legislation provides justice for long-marginalized communities, embraces a new industry that will grow…