Cuomo Pledges To Legalize Marijuana in New York 
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Cuomo Pledges To Legalize Marijuana in New York 
Posted by CN Staff on January 09, 2020 at 05:45:53 PT
By Rebecca Klar
Source: Hill
New York State -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) during his Wednesday night State of the State address pledged to legalize marijuana in New York by the end of this year. Cuomo had said legalization was a priority in his agenda in 2019, but a push for legalization failed to pass in the state legislature before the end of the legislative session. “For decades, communities of color were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws,” Cuomo said in his address, according to The New York Times. “Let’s legalize adult use of marijuana.”
Cuomo’s pledge for legalization comes as the state faces a $6 billion budget gap, the Times notes. The governor reportedly said that legalized marijuana could bring in $300 million annually in tax revenue, and billions more in economic activity once a program is fully implemented. However, that could take years to come to fruition. Eleven states have legalized marijuana use, including the east coast states of Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. In his address Cuomo reportedly said that he hopes to work with Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to create and coordinate a system for legalizing adult use of marijuana. Legalizing marijuana had been a campaign promise and priority for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) last year. The push also failed in the New Jersey state legislature in 2019.Source: Hill, The (US DC)Author: Rebecca KlarPublished: January 8, 2020Copyright: 2020 The HillContact: editor thehill.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on January 16, 2020 at 09:23:25 PT
good article & Poll
the GWC, good to see you, yes I'm afraid it's the "action not words" you watch with the political folks. it's become so fashionable to talk legalization these days - reminds me of term limits. Everybody was in favor of term limits back in the 90's.I liked this essay by local advocate Jim Bhorgesani - good writer!>>A common refrain of policy makers hostile to legal cannabis is “protect the children,” a sentiment that packs rhetorical sway but lacks empirical authenticity. The proposed legislation to ban billboard cannabis advertising seems a product of this sloganeering. It should be defeated.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on January 15, 2020 at 19:40:50 PT:
I'm fuzzy on relevant issues but I feel like I'm reading over and over again how different politicians are going to end cannabis prohibition in New York for at least a few years. Terms, Fuzzy & dizzy with their spew.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on January 09, 2020 at 10:32:34 PT
New York
Didn't Cuomo pledge the same thing last year? along with Phil "100 days" Murphy of New Jersey?
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