New York’s Governor Wants to Legalize Weed
“For decades, communities of color were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for legal recreational cannabis, saying the state should work with New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania on a “fair system” for legal weed.
During his Wednesday State of the State address, the governor expressed his support for fully legalizing adult use of cannabis, saying, “For decades, communities of color were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws.”
As a caveat to the claim, Cuomo also proposed that New York’s state universities do research on cannabis and its potential benefits or pitfalls.
“The federal government failed Americans with opioids,” Cuomo said, in a briefing book released with his speech. “And we cannot allow that to happen with cannabinoids.”
Other plans in the address included banning styrofoam food containers, a $3 billion environmental bond act called "Restore Mother Nature," and heightened efforts to combat hate crimes. He called for plans to expand Lower Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage in the hopes that it will be able to host more educational trips for students across the state.
In October, Cuomo sat with the governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to discuss what cannabis legalization would look like in those states.