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New York State Lawmakers End Push to Legalize Pot This Year

  • A statewide decriminalization bill is under consideration
  • Revenue would have totaled hundreds of millions of dollars
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New York state lawmakers couldn’t approve marijuana legalization this session, and the legislature is now considering a back-up bill that would expand access to the drug for medical reasons and decriminalize its possession for recreational purposes.

As the legislature planned to end its session Wednesday, a last-minute push to enact the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act fell short, its primary sponsor said. The bill would have regulated and taxed pot sales, expunged criminal records of past offenders and identified beneficiaries of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.