To David R. Clifford of Auburn, it just makes sense: If marijuana becomes legal for adult recreational use in New York, he says, consumers should be able to grow their own.
“I can grow my own tomatoes or herbs," he said. “If I’m a beer drinker, I can grow my own hops and make some home brew. So why not let me grow my own cannabis?”
It may not happen. While New York lawmakers are considering legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the proposal offered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year does not allow growing at home for non-medical use. Recreational users would have to buy their weed from a state-licensed retail outlet.
Cuomo’s plan does call for a limited amount of home-grown cannabis plants, but only for those who have a diagnosis allowing them to use marijuana for medical purposes. The state’s three-year-old medical marijuana program has until now not allowed home-grown cannabis.