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This week, the New Jersey lawyer could pass the most progressive recreational marijuana bill in the country. Legislators were ready to vote on the issue already today.
New York must not legalize marijuana at any time soon.
My colleagues Nick Corasaniti covering New Jersey and Vivian Wang covering the New York Legislature explained.
What makes New Jersey's marijuana bill so progressive?
Mr. Corasaniti: First, two things: criminal records and market access.
• Firstly, the bill would allow non-violent criminal records for marijuana-related offenses (up to five pounds, one of the highest thresholds in the country) to be expelled.
Persons with previous beliefs, or who are imprisoned or on parole, would be eligible for a clean slate and they could request broadcasting online.
• Second, the state would require at least 10 percent of licenses for marijuana companies go to small businesses. These licenses will be aimed at low-income or high-crime cities, or those who have had many marijuana arrests.
In fact, sites that have been severely affected by marijuana criminalization are reaping some benefits from cannabis legalization.  New Jersey would be the 11th state to legalize marijuana with Washington, DC Wealthy, white investors have traditionally reaped the profits of the new industry.
Where will people be free to consume marijuana?  New Jersey's bill would allow "public consumption areas."
People would not be able to consume marijuana outdoors in public spaces. There will be designated areas for use, mainly on marijuana dispensers: Buy the fabric in a room and use it in another.
The bill will also allow casinos and hotels to have consumer areas.
Also the bill would allow marijuana delivery.
Where does New York stand for all this?
Ms. Wang: Legalization felt like an inevitability when Governor Cuomo announced his support for it in December. But it was only three months ago; It is not much time to figure out all this.
Some counties, such as Long Island, said that if the state legalizes marijuana, they may opt out. It's politically difficult.
So is the lobby. Social justice groups do not want well-funded medical marijuana groups rewarded. Medical marijuana companies have been lobbying to make sure they are not frozen out of the New York market.
And after the Amazon interruption, a campus in Queens fell, the relationship between Mr Cuomo and his fellow-politicians controlling the lawyer has become complicated. This makes the negotiation harder.
Mr. Corasaniti: New Jersey governor, Philip Murphy, has been working on this for over a year. Before that, a Democratic State Senator shot a bill in March 2017.
Why did New York get a start on this later?
Ms. Wang: Mr. Cuomo called marijuana a "gateway drug" in February 2017. At the end of 2018, he said it should be legalized.
In between, he re-elected and faces a primary challenge from actor Cynthia Nixon. She supported legalization (and auctioned off a bong as fund certificates).
From The Times
At Stuyvesant High School, there are few black and Spanish students.
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Officers shot a half-naked man who set his car on fire after crashing into a police car.
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He confessed to beating a jogger who died. Questions about race and police have led to a lawsuit.
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What we read
The state average at the exam is more than $ 30,000, according to a study. [Daily News]
Crime is so low that some people in Brooklyn leave their cars unlocked. [BKLYNER]
Staten Island House where Michael Corleone from "The Godfather" lived is for sale. [New York Post]