New York Governor Calls For Marijuana Legalization In State Of The State Address

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday again discussed the need to legalize marijuana in 2021. During a State of the State address, the governor said enacting the reform will help fill a significant budget deficit and promote restorative justice. The stepped up push comes days after he unveiled initial details of his administration’s latest legalization proposal. “We will legalize adult-use recreational cannabis, joining 15 other states who’ve already done so,” Cuomo said in the speech. “This will raise revenue and will end the over-criminalization of this product that has left so many communities of color over-policed and over-incarcerated.” We will legalize adult-use recreational cannabis, joining 15 states that have already done so. This will raise revenue and end the failed prohibition of this product that has left so many communities of color over-policed and over-incarcerated.#SOTS2021 — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021 The governor said that he plans to expand on his broader vision for 2021 in three supplemental State of the State speeches, and so it’s possible more details will soon emerge with respect to his legalization proposal. The legislative language for the reform will be included in his budget plan, which is expected to be proposed to lawmakers in the coming weeks. Cuomo has attempted to enact the policy change through his budget proposals twice before, but that hasn’t worked out in part due to disagreements with the legislature over certain issues such as how to distribute marijuana tax revenue. He described legalization as an administrative priority in last year’s State of the State address as well. His new plan, as briefly described last week, calls for the establishment of a new Office of Cannabis Management to regulate the state’s marijuana and hemp industries. The governor also wants to create “an equitable structure” for the cannabis…

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