The Tompkins County Public Safety Committee yesterday recommended that the Legislature take a stand in support of marijuana legalization in New York State.
The resolution won unanimous support from the committee by a 5-0 margin .
It supports the following:
–Bringing an end to marijuana prohibition
–The creation of a diverse and inclusive marijuana industry
–The reinvestment of revenue from taxed and regulated marijuana in communities that were impact by the war on drugs.
–Passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). The proposed MRTA, through pending bills in the New York State Senate and Assembly, would legalize the production, distribution, and use of marijuana by removing the substance from classification as an illicit drug under New York’s Controlled Substances Act.
93% of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, and 63% of New Yorkers support legalization of marijuana for adult use.
There have been recent statewide measures to begin introducing medical marijuana for various purposes here in New York.
During Tuesday’s (November 6) elections, voters in Missouri and Utah approved marijuana for medical use , while Michigan voted to make pot legal for recreational use.