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Marijuana legalization closer than ever in New York

Lawmakers are getting closer to an agreement on a bill to legalize adult-use marijuana in New York.

The final bill could be voted on as soon as next week.

If that approval comes, New York would be the latest state to join the growing number of those to allow commercial sale of cannabis products.

It’s a rapidly growing industry- and many want to see it happen.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters earlier in the week that there are a few details to work out- but that there aren’t any major sticking points in the way.

The state has been trying to get marijuana legalization across the finish line for years. Many say the economic impact would be worthwhile.

“The data outlined in these reports demonstrates once and for all the benefit of relying on the medical cannabis industry to create a safe, well-regulated, and equitable adult-use program,” the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association said over the weekend. “By utilizing the knowledge and infrastructure of the existing providers, New York can bring much-needed economic growth to the state at a critical time in its recovery while also cementing its reputation as a progressive leader.”