Cuomo plans to legalize recreational marijuana in New York by2019
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a plan to get a recreational marijuana program up and running in that state as soon as 2019. Cuomo says the plan will arrive early next year (when Democrats will be in control of most of the state’s government), and could be ready by the end of the year. A working group launched earlier this year put 16 people to the task of drafting legislation and making recommendations, and those insights will apparently be used to line up an official plan to put underway.
Cuomo has opposed marijuana before, but apparently it’s time — with Democrats in place, the state’s government is united, and while New York’s policies probably won’t be too surprising (the state will probably keep some regulations in place, and will probably only allow its use in a few different public establishments), just the fact that one of the most influential states in the US is considering this policy is pretty noteworthy. Hopefully the plan will come together smoothly and without much trouble, and New York can soon join the ranks of other states that have legalized.