New York governor plans to legalize recreational marijuana in 2019

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is taking steps to make New York the next state to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults.

Cuomo on Thursday announced plans to include marijuana legalization as part of his executive budget for 2019, reports the New York Post.

“As we work to implement the report’s recommendations through legislation, we must thoroughly consider all aspects of a regulated marijuana program, including its impact on public health, criminal justice and State revenue, and mitigate any potential risks associated with it,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Cuomo’s decision comes months after New York’s health commissioner released a 75-page report recommending that the state should move forward with efforts to legalize cannabis.

“Numerous [New York state] agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment,” the report said. “No insurmountable obstacles to regulation of marijuana were raised.”

Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried (D-Manhattan) hopes that the state can run a well-regulated market for recreational pot products with limitations similar to alcohol or tobacco.

“Continued criminalization does not prevent marijuana use but destroys the lives of thousands of people a year and creates an illegal drug market that costs millions of dollars in law enforcement and other resources while disproportionately affecting minority communities,” Gottfried said in an email to NBC News. “I look forward to working with the Governor and the new Senate leadership on legislation to correct this historic abuse of the drug war.”

If all goes as planned, New York would become the 11th state to allow adults to legally consume and possess marijuana for recreational use.

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Oscar Pascual

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