is growing weed legal in ny

Under the law, each New York resident age 21 and older can grow up to three mature and three immature plants at their home or on their property, up to six mature and six immature plants per household.

The new law says you cannot use cannabis products while inside your personal vehicle, unlike cigarettes. Nor can you use marijuana in a dedicated smoking area of a restaurant, bar or any other food service establishment, including on their outdoor patio.

That means, for the most part, you can smoke marijuana anywhere you can legally smoke cigarettes.

So if you’re not a certified patient in the state’s medical marijuana, you won’t be able to start growing until late 2023 at the absolute earliest — and possibly into 2024 or even 2025.

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The law’s tax structure — a 13% tax on retail sales, plus a per-flower and potency tax on distributor-to-retail sales — doesn’t take effect until April 1, 2022. That means, in theory, sales could start then.

In theory, legal marijuana sales at licensed dispensaries and on-site consumption spaces can’t begin until April 1, 2022, at the absolute earliest.

But there are some significant exceptions.

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The office will have to come up with a host of regulations that will guide the licensing of growers, distributors and sellers. Then the state will have to go through the licensing process. Growers will have to grow; dispensaries will have to be set up.

Once the home grow provisions take effect, New York residents will be able to keep up to five pounds of marijuana in their home legally — though they will still only be allowed up to three ounces outside their home.

“They will be able to grow up to six plants for their own personal use. Three which will be full grown, three in their immature stages, not flowering yet,” he said.

As New York’s new marijuana laws begin to go into effect, medical card holders will soon have much greater access.

“It is something that I find relieves a lot of symptoms of anxiety and depression,” Chappaqua resident Michael McGuire said. He is a medical marijuana card holder and the founder of Stable Garden, a company that helps people grow cannabis at home.

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New Yorkers with medical marijuana cards are only a few months away from being able to cultivate cannabis at home.

“Cost wise, cannabis can fetch prices of up to $400 an ounce. And if you can grow cannabis in the backyard for pennies an ounce then you are really saving a lot of money,” McGuire said.

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Recreational growing and sales are still months away in New York.

There will be rules in place once people are allowed to grow at home. According to the New York State Office of Cannabis Management, plants should not be accessible to anyone under the age of 21. And growers should keep plants secure and out of public view.

Recreational marijuana has now been legal in New York for about two weeks.

Technically, immediately and automatically. However, the law allows for the Office of Court Administration to take up to two years to go through and dig up past marijuana convictions.

Under the MRTA, New Yorkers (21 and up) will be able to grow up to three mature plants and three immature plants at their home. If there are multiple people living at one residence, then New Yorkers can grow up to six mature and six immature plants per household.