Recreational Cannabis Law Referred to NY Senate Finance Committee

New York State Senate Chamber

By: Michael Green : New York Daily Weed Report : January 23, 2019

On or about January 15, 2019 the New York State Senate referred bill S1517 to the New York State Senate Finance Committee. was introduced by Senator Liz Krueger, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee. She represents Senate District 28, the East Side of Manhattan.

What this Means:

A legislative committee is a group of lawmakers assigned to review bills related to a particular policy area. Before S1527 can be put to a vote before the entire Senate, it must first be approved by members of one or more legislative committees.

What Happens Next:

The committee may amend the bill to satisfy concerns of committee members, leave it as is, or refer it to another committee for further deliberation. The bill may be reported to the full Senate chamber for consideration if a majority share of the committee members support it. If a bill has not been addressed by the committee by the end of the two-year legislative term, the bill is said to have ‘died in committee’.

What Can I Do?

All members of the Senate welcome legislative feedback from constituents at When you use the New York State Senate website to officially support or oppose this bill, your feedback will be shared directly with your senator.The introduction of this bill by Senator Krueger parlays nicely with the companion Assembly Bill A1617 by the Buffalo New York Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes. The introduction of both of these bills by elected representatives from both geographic ends of New York State to their respective committees, represents truly statewide support for the proposed legislation. It is entitled, “Enacts the “marihuana regulation and taxation act”; repealer; appropriation A summary of the Bill is as follows: Enacts the “marihuana regulation and taxation act”; relates to the description of marihuana, and the growing of and use of marihuana by persons twenty-one years of age or older; makes technical changes regarding the definition of marihuana; relates to removing certain references to marihuana relating to forfeiture actions; relates to the qualification of certain offenses involving marihuana and exempts certain persons from prosecution for the use, consumption, display, production or distribution of marihuana; relates to the definition of smoking; provides for the licensure of persons authorized to produce, process and sell marihuana; levies an excise tax on certain sales of marihuana; repeals certain provisions of the penal law relating to the criminal sale of marihuana and provisions of the general business law relating to drug paraphernalia; creates the New York state marihuana revenue fund, the New York state drug treatment public education fund, the New York state community grants reinvestment fund, and the marihuana microbusiness and marihuana license revolving loan fund; makes an appropriation therefor.The introduction of this bill to the New York State Senate Finance Committee brings the legalization of regulated adult use cannabis in New York, one step closer to reality. This bill, in its current form, in combination with the currently pending New York State Assembly Bill A1617 represents, the most complete Cannabis Statutes New York State has seen thus fair. If passed in its current form, the bill would bring sweeping immediate change to the lives of every New York State citizen.DOWNLOAD BILL TEXT PDF