April 7, 2021

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On March 31st, 2021, New York became the 16th state to legalize marijuana for recreational use with the enactment of Senate Bill S854A.  Under the new law, it is legal for individuals 21 and older to possess and purchase up to three ounces of marijuana.  At their place of residence, individuals are also permitted to possess up to five pounds of the drug.  While the law takes effect immediately, it is expected to take the state as long as two years to fully implement it, including setting up a system to license marijuana retailers.  The law also modifies the state’s existing medical marijuana program, in place since 2014, by expanding the types of medical conditions for which marijuana can be prescribed.

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