12 januari 2021

A cannabis legalization proposal for New York City

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo told that he has introduced a cannabis legalization proposal.

Despite the many challenges New York has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also created a number of opportunities to correct long-standing mistakes and build New York better than ever before,” said Cuomo in a press release “Legalizing and regulating the adult cannabis market not only provides the opportunity to generate much-needed revenue, but also allows us to directly support the individuals and communities who have been most harmed by decades of cannabis prohibition.

Although few additional details are available about the Governor’s plan, his office said it reflects “national standards and new best practices to promote responsible use, restricts the sale of cannabis products to adults 21 years of age and older, and establishes strict quality and safety controls, including strict regulation of the packaging, labelling, advertising and testing of all cannabis products”.

“Cannabis regulation also provides an opportunity to invest in research and provide direct funding to communities most affected by the ban on cannabis,” the announcement stated.

The promise to legalize cannabis in the otherwise quite liberal state and city looks like a recurring joke. We’ve been reading about it since 2012 and still it hasn’t come true. Last March 2020, it once again bounced off. Maybe finally this year. Bordering state New Jersey legalized as early as November 2020.

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9 februari 2017

Why are some Amsterdam Coffeeshops closing?

In these strange and uncertain times, some coffeeshops are closing. Just a few years before the most likely coming legalization, this is a pretty harsh remainder of an old fashioned minister from a few years back.