The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) has always been a very strict regulatory body for cannabis dealings. But, recently it has given a great relaxation in a huge part of it. So, let’s take a look at what are the benefits one can get from New York’s New Cannabis Law.
Amount of Marijuana Allowed to Possess
We are trying to explain the allowed amount of Marijuana possession in some pointers.
- 21 years old and older New Yorkers can possess, transport, and obtain up to 3 ounces of cannabis.
- New Yorkers can store up to 5 pounds of Marijuana in their home. They also have the right to possess 24 grams of concentrated cannabis oil.
- This law can be effective only after 18 months of the first legal recreational sale.
- Counties do not have the right to oppose and stop recreational sales. But, cities have that right.
Allowance To Grow Cannabis Plants For Recreational Use
This law has provided New Yorkers the right to grow Cannabis plants in a legally specified manner but, they are not allowed to opt for that from now. Let us explain it.
Any New Yorker of 21 years and old can grow up to 3 mature plants and 3 immature plants at their home. This range can be extended up to 6 mature and 6 immature plants per household for multiple people living at one residence. But, this law will come into practice only after 18 months after the first legal Marijuana sale.
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Allowed Place to Smoke Marijuana
This law allows people to smoke Marijuana in all the places where tobacco consumption is allowed. Landlords have to allow cannabis consumption in the places where they allow tobacco consumption. There are also many places where any type of smoking is prohibited. Those places include parks, public transportation, bars, cars (even if it is parked), outdoor patios, restaurants, and public housing.
Time For Marijuana Conviction Records Be Expunged
As per the law, the Office of Court Administration can take up to two years to study and investigate past Marijuana convictions. However, that is going to be automatic and as fast as possible.
The Office Of Cannabis Management
The MRTA states that the Office of Cannabis Management used to look after the recreational and existing medical marijuana programs. However, now a five-member Cannabis Control Board will oversee the Office of Cannabis Management. Out of those 5 members, the governor will appoint 3 members including the chair, and then the Senate and the Assembly will appoint 1 member each. The Governor’s appointed member as the chair must be approved by the Senate. Also, the legislature and the Governor will choose 6 and 7 members respectively to form an advisory board of 13 members.