County Leaders Across New York Call For Marijuana Legalization To Address Budget Shortfalls Amid COVID

County Leaders Across New York Call For Marijuana Legalization To Address Budget Shortfalls Amid COVID

Marijuana legalization is among the proposals that a coalition of New York county officials recommended on Tuesday as a way to offset economic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) report on closing budget gaps includes a brief section stating that adult-use cannabis legalization “will provide the state and counties with resources for public health education and technical assistance.” “Counties should be allowed to apply their local sales tax rate on these transactions,” it states. “In addition, the cannabis cultivation tax should be shared with the county in which the product is grown.” In all, the more than 80 proposed policy changes were submitted to the state Division of Budget in the interest of bolstering local economies across the Empire State. “When COVID-19 arrived in our communities, counties mobilized and led the response efforts that were essential to stopping the spread of the virus,” NYSAC President John Marren, who serves as chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors, said in a press release. “Now, as the economic aftershocks from the pandemic rock our local economies and the federal government stands idly by, counties are once again mobilizing to provide creative solutions that will place local governments on improved fiscal footing and protect essential services.” Dan McCoy, the Albany County executive, said that the report send a message to state officials that “we’re ready, willing and able to be constructive partners in the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)…

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