New York state announces deal to legalize recreational marijuana

New York (AFP) – Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state lawmakers formally agreed in late-night talks on a deal to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over, the governor’s office announced Sunday. Once the underlying legislation passes — Cuomo’s Democratic party holds strong majorities in both legislative chambers — New York will join 14 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting cannabis use.  A statement from Cuomo’s office said the change could net an additional $350 million in annual tax revenues and create tens of thousands of jobs. The draft law would a…

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