The New York State Bar Association approved a report on Friday that backs the legalization of marijuana in New York.
The report, written by the Committee on Cannabis Law at the association, comes as state lawmakers in Albany are determining this year whether to back a legalization bill that would devise a regulatory, retail and tax plan for cannabis sales in the state.
“With the full support of the New York State Bar Association, we are hopeful our report will offer the necessary guidance to New York’s governing bodies as they consider the legalization of adult-use cannabis,” said Aleece Burgiowho co-chaired the committee that released the report.
The report recommended cannabis legalization that includes UDA mandated testing, an Office of Cannabis Management at the state level, social equity provisions and guidelines for marketing and advertising.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the marijuana proposal to be finalized in the state budget, which is expected to pass by the end of March.