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State Senator Liz Krueger: New Yorkers Support the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA)

This legislation would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana under state law along lines similar to the state’s current system regulating alcohol, and would represent a new approach for New York State after decades of costly, counterproductive policies that have produced racially discriminatory outcomes.

In brief, the bill:

  • -Removes penalties for possession of 2 ounces of marijuana or less;
  • -Makes 18 the minimum legal age for marijuana possession and consumption;
  • -Establishes that smoking marijuana in public and possession of marijuana by persons under the age of 18 are violations;
  • -Allows for home cultivation of up to six marijuana plants;
  • -Empowers the State Liquor Authority to grant licenses for marijuana production, transport and retail sale;
  • -Prohibits sale of marijuana to persons under 21;
  • -Allows communities to opt out of retail sale for off-premises consumption through a referendum process similar to what is now in place for alcohol sales;
  • -Allows communities to opt in to allow retail sales for on-premises consumption through a vote of the local legislature, in addition to the local c
  • -Community board in the case of New York City;
  • -Establishes an excise tax of $50.00 per ounce of marijuana, and authorizes localities to charge a sales tax on retail sales; and
  • -Directs a portion of the state tax revenue collected to be directed to re-entry programs, substance abuse programs, and job training programs in low-income, high-unemployment communities.

-From LizKrueger.com

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Representative
    Joseph Morelle
  • Governor
    Andrew Cuomo
  • State Representative
    Brian Kolb
  • State Senator
    Andrea Stewart-Cousins
  • State Senator
    Dean Skelos
  • State Senator
    Liz Krueger
  • New York Governor


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