Governor Cuomo pushes for legalization of recreational cannabis in New York City by 2019
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that he will lobby to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes early next year. This decision could yield more than 1,7 billion in annual sales and put New York on the same footing as several neighboring states.
Full legalization in New York from 2019
This highly anticipated proposal was formulated in a speech that Mr. Cuomo has pronounced Monday at, in which he presents his program for the first 100 days of his third term.
"The fact is that we had two criminal justice systems: one for the rich, and the other for everyone," said Cuomo, describing the injustice that he says "has been too long aimed at African-American and minority communities ". "Let's legalize adult recreational cannabis use once and for all," he added.
Ten other states and Washington, DC, have legalized cannabis for recreational purposes and have dedicated new tax revenues to a variety of initiatives, including schools and transportation.
Citizens in favor of social legalization
This craze follows a report released in July by a commission of the State Department of Health that Mr. Cuomo was in charge of studying.
In addition to the tax revenues generated by the sale of cannabis, so-called recreational legalization could also ease the opioid crisis and reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
In addition, a popular proposal would be to channel the money to the collapsing New York subway system. Others said the funds should be invested in Black and Latin American communities that have been disproportionately affected by the lawsuits.
A survey of Quinnipiac University in May showed that 63% of New Yorkers were in favor of legalizing cannabis.