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New York lawmakers vow renewed marijuana legalization push in 2020

The push to legalize marijuana this year came to a grinding halt — one that certain New York lawmakers trust is temporary.

State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo), the sponsors of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, say they intend to revive the bill during the next legislative session.

Several proponents of recreational use believe it is popular enough among constituents to eventually become law. For them, marijuana legalization boils down to when — not if — it will happen in New York.

Learn more below about the latest attempt to legalize marijuana.

The latest: Bill sponsors determined to ‘complete the assignment’

Krueger has been unequivocal about her plans to continue the push for marijuana legalization after the last bill failed to land on the Senate floor before the session ended in June.

“I will be continuing my efforts to complete the assignment,” she recently told amNewYork.

Krueger and Peoples-Stokes intend to introduce a fresh bill with some key differences, including the absence of a decriminalization provision since it was passed this year as stand-alone legislation. A previous provision to regulate hemp extracts like CBD also passed on its own and will no longer be present, Krueger added. [Read more at AM New York]

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