New York’s bid to legalize the adult use of cannabis is dead for the current legislative session, according to the bill’s primary sponsor. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Democratic Sen. Liz Krueger said that efforts to pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) had fallen short.
“It is now clear that MRTA is not going to pass this session,” Krueger said in a tweet. “This is not the end of the road, it is only a delay. Unfortunately, that delay means countless more New Yorkers will have their lives up-ended by unnecessary and racially disparate enforcement measures before we inevitably legalize.”
If successful, MRTA would have legalized the recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and older and established a system to regulate and tax marijuana sales. But negotiations among lawmakers failed to reach agreements on issues including how cannabis taxes would be used by the state, the expungement of convictions for past marijuana offenses, and the power of local governments to prohibit commercial cannabis activity in their jurisdictions.
“Through months of negotiation and conversation with the governor’s office and my legislative colleagues, we made great strides to improve our bill and bring more people on