New York lawmakers failed to reach a deal to legalize recreational marijuana during the legislative session that ended last month, punting the issue until they reconvene in January of next year. The latest development in the months-long back and forth was received with mixed emotions from one group of New Yorkers who would be affected by any new laws: weed dealers.
“I’m not upset at all and I’m not surprised,” said a dealer based in Queens who asked WNYC to refer to him as “Pablo” in order to protect his identity. Pablo favors more regulation for marijuana. “I hate trash, low-quality bud and it should be regulated like everything should.” But he said the fact lawmakers didn’t quite get there this session actually comes as a bit of a relief.
“That gives me more time to be ready for the legalization part of it.”
If and when New York joins the 11 states that have already legalized recreational use of marijuana, Pablo believes everything will change for those who already sell it. So he has a plan. [Read more at WNYC]