Weed advocates: Legalize with fair distribution | NY State

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Recreational marijuana must be legalized fairly in New York, dispensary owners and hemp farmers said.

State officials weigh legalizing adult-use cannabis to join a growing number of states and serve as a potential revenue source to help offset the state’s estimated $50 billion budget deficit over two years caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York is expected to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Nov. 5 — two days after Election Day when voters in neighboring New Jersey approved a ballot measure legalizing cannabis.

The state’s mounting budget deficit and changing marijuana laws in border states will pressure lawmakers to reach a deal on…

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