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New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed the legislation that sought to legalize the use and trade of marijuana in the State.
According to reports, lawmakers passed the sweeping bill in a historic vote on Tuesday night.
This latest development means New York has become only the second-largest marijuana market in the United States.
In a statement made available from Cuomo’s office, the governor said ‘This is a historic day in New York – one that rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences.
‘This legislation embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State’s economy and prioritizes marginalized communities.
‘Those that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits,’ he assured.
As it stands, New York would now join 14 states, two territories, and Washington D.C. who have all legalized adults’ use of marijuana in the United States.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK