Last week, New York made history with its bill to legalize cannabis. Since then, the repercussions have been coming fast and furious – both in New York and beyond.
The New New Thing
Almost immediately after New York’s legalization bill passed, New Mexico got in on the action. And sometimes, you see an elected official say something that highlights how far the world has come. Here’s part of the statement from New Mexico’s Governor:
“This is a significant victory for New Mexico. Workers will benefit from the opportunity to build careers in this new economy. Entrepreneurs will benefit from the opportunity to create lucrative new enterprises. The state and local governments will benefit from the additional revenue. Consumers will benefit from the standardization and regulation that comes with a bona fide industry. And those who have been harmed by this country’s failed war on drugs, disproportionately communities of color, will benefit from our state’s smart, fair and equitable new approach to past low-level convictions.”
And back to New York
Along with legalization’s passage in Albany, back in The City, NYPD issued a statement to its current officers about enforcement of cannabis – and it’s pretty amazing to read as well. Again, sometimes you read something that blows your mind – this time from NYPD brass:
Individuals who are 21 or older may lawfully…smoke marihuana (sic) almost anywhere that cigarette smoking is allowed including on sidewalks, on front stoops and other public places. As a result, smoking marihuana in any of these locations is not a basis for an approach, stop, summons, arrest or search.
Well, as Kyle Jaeger from Marijuna Moment pointed out in his recent Today Explained podcast from VOX, states are moving fast. Virginia. Rhode Island. Connecticut… and so on, and so on, and so on… Stay tuned.