Governor Cuomo pushes to legalize recreational cannabis in New York City by 2019
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that he will push to legalize recreational cannabis early next year. The move could bring in 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 point is, we've had two criminal justice systems: one for the rich, and one for everyone," Cuomo said, describing the injustice that he says has been "too long ago." targeted African-American and minority communities ”. "Let's legalize recreational cannabis use among adults once and for all," he added.
Ten more states and Washington, DC, have legalized recreational cannabis and dedicated the new tax revenues to a host of initiatives, including schools and transportation.
This enthusiasm follows a report released in July by a commission from the State Department of Health that Cuomo was responsible for 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 funnel the money into 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 Quinnipiac University poll in May showed that 63% of New Yorkers were in favor of legalizing cannabis.