Updated: February 16, 2021 05:39 PM
Created: February 16, 2021 01:28 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andreew Cuomo released Tuesday, 30-day amendments to his proposal to start a weed program in New York.
The amendments break down how the proposed $100 million in Social Equity funding will be allocated, allow the use of delivery services, and reduce some criminal charges for the improper sale of cannabis.
The fund would give community-based nonprofit organizations and local governments the chance to apply for funding to support a number of different efforts, including, but not limited to:
The grants from this program may also be used to further support the social and economic equity program.
As for delivery services, the governor says local governments would have the opportunity to opt-out of allowing. Overall, he projects legalizing cannabis could create 60,000 new jobs, and spur $3.5 billion in economic activity while generating an estimated $350 million in tax revenue once fully implemented.
With improper sales, Cuomo would reduce the following penalties:
The governor also pushed the legislation in 2019 and 2020 but came up short.
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