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New York Senate passes bill to legalize recreational marijuana

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NYS legislature passes bill to legalize recreational pot

The New York state Senate passed a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state Tuesday night, the Albany Times-Union reports.

The bill, which is estimated to help bring in $350 million in annual revenue for New York each year, passed the Senate with a 40-23 vote Tuesday night. Three Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the bill.

The measure is also expected to pass the Assembly later Tuesday night, the Times-Union notes.

The vote comes three days after New York lawmakers reached an agreement over the legalization. New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the agreement, which also paved the path for the creation of the Office of Cannabis Management, Saturday.

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