Patricia Lynch Associates, an Albany lobbying firm, has begun urging state lawmakers to move towards legalizing medical weed, according to a new report. Aside from the obvious win of making weed quasi-legal, the move could be a boon to the state’s economy: taxing pot sales could generate up to $1 billion in revenue for the state, argued Democratic State Senator Diane Savino, of Staten Island, and medical weed would bring in “a new industry that would create jobs,” said a representative of Gaia, a company that hopes to supply pot to the state. And the measure has big support among voters: a recent Siena University poll showed that 61 percent of New York voters would support legalization for medical use.

“We’re going to negotiate this bill with the wind at our backs. There’s tremendous support to legalize medical marijuana in New York,” said Savino. “It’s inevitable.”

Though the prospect of medical herb in New York is great, we’re still a little behind the curve: last week, citizens of Colorado and Washington voted for full, recreational legalization–and in Colorado, more people voted for weed than for President Obama.

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