New York Governor Renews Call For Marijuana Legalization In State Of The State Address

New York Governor Renews Call For Marijuana Legalization In State Of The State Address

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is again making marijuana legalization a top administrative priority for the new year, he said during his State of the State address on Wednesday. The governor, who included cannabis reform in his budget proposal last year, was unable to get legalization passed after months of negotiations with lawmakers, with talks ending in a stalemate amid disagreements over issues such as how to allocate tax revenue. But 2020 will be a different story, Cuomo said in the speech, where he also announced a plan to create a “Global Cannabis Center for Science, Research and Education” within the state’s university system to study cannabinoids. Despite contention over the specifics of last year’s legalization bill, the governor expressed optimism about the prospects for passage this time around, and he included ending prohibition at the top of a list of social initiatives he hopes to accomplish in the coming legislative session. Watch Cuomo’s speech below: Cuomo said he’s proposing a legal cannabis system that puts social equity first through licensing opportunities, providing access to capital and technical assistance and creating an “incubation of equity entrepreneurs.” The plan also calls for restorative justice to “correct past harms to individuals…

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