The New York Daily News reports:
New York state lawmakers approved legislation legalizing adult use marijuana Tuesday after debating in blunt terms the benefits and pitfalls of pot. The bill, passed by both the Democratic-led Senate and Assembly, removes cannabis from the list of controlled substances and will eventually legalize, tax and regulate recreational pot for adults over 21.
Many Republicans in both chambers expressed reservations about the bill during hours-long debates, warning that legalization sends the wrong message to children. The Senate approved the measure by a 40-23 vote and it later passed the Assembly 100-49 with only a handful of Democrats defecting.
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BREAKING: New York’s legalization bill has received final approval from state legislators. With the governor’s signature, New York will become the 16th state to legalize cannabis.
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