GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO SEEKS TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK BY 2019
- December 18, 2018
When you lay the cards on the table, you will begin to realize that the marijuana debate is one of the most bizarre incidences to ever take place in our country. Excluding the fact that the little green plant was definitely not a positive aspect of public conversations decades ago, this herb has somehow become a focal point for intense political debates and medical research. At the forefront of the herd, Oregon and Colorado dominate the recreational frontier for pot, but what about other states? Along the East Coast, three states (Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine) have already fully legalized the plant, but one member that seems to be preparing for big change is New York States. Recently, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo made the critical announcement that he is planning to legalize recreational pot in the Empire State by 2019. Let’s take a closer look at this situation and find out more.
Entering the Playing Field
During a speech in Manhattan (December 17, 2018), Governor Cuomo is going to fight to legalize the little green plant by 2019 in an effort to place New York in the roster of pot-legal players on the East Coast. If his decision becomes a reality, the state could generate $1.7 billion in sales per year and be a strong teammate for next-door-neighbors like Massachusetts and Vermont. In a bizarre twist, this speech not only reflected his leftward view shift during his time in office but also demonstrated the governor’s goal to become more progressive.
Keeping the People Safe
According to Governor Cuomo, the little green plant should be legalized so legal officials can regulate it on an even stronger scale. Besides Washington D.C., ten other states have accepted the recreational use of this plant (and related products) and have spent new tax revenue on a variety of social initiatives including public transportation and educational programs.
Although governors typically outline yearlong priorities in a State of the State Address (held every January), Governor Cuomo was desperate to get this information out as quickly as possible, to coincide with the first legislative session.
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