New York Senator Liz Krueger will introduce a bill seeking to legalize marijuana for general use in New York state hoping the recent passage of medical marijuana laws will help give the bill momentum.
Ms. Krueger, a Democrat representing Manhattan for more than a decade, said that in the legislative session beginning in January, she will fight for a bill modeled partly on cannabis legalization laws that recently went into effect in Washington and Colorado.
Ms. Krueger introduced a similar bill last session, but it was largely considered a liberal pipe dream, unlikely to pass a Republican-controlled Senate in a state that hadn’t yet legalized medical marijuana.
She has made amendments to her bill since last session after observing what was working and what wasn’t in the states where marijuana is legal.
“I knew we needed to move medical marijuana into law before people would focus on the bigger question – tax and regulation,” she said. “So I think my legislative proposal fits in very nicely with what the state has already committed to move forward with.”
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