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USA. New York politicians consider bill to legalize recreational marijuana


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The sheer pace of cannabis law reform in the USA has been breathtaking and a victory for common sense over politics.  Now New York will follow the example set by Colorado and Washington and introduce a bill to discuss legalizing cannabis for recreational use.  This will be quite a controversial discussion, it will consider taxation as well as retail outlets for cannabis.  Should a state as large as New York legalize recreational cannabis the demand for cannabis will make Colorado’s cannabis industry look small by comparison.  It hold be a fascinating debate.
New York state became the 23rd legal medical cannabis state recently, but campaigners are not sure how the ‘risk averse’ New York politicians will react to the bill which will be introduced for debate in 2015.  If successful the New York State Liquor Authority would be responsible for regulating cannabis.
Following the successful legalisation of recreational cannabis in Washington/Colorado US public opinion polls are now consistently in favour of cannabis legalisation.
September 16th 2014

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