Recreational marijuana, has only been legalized in fifteen states and New York is looking to join the list.
Governor Andrew Cuomo explained, the pandemic's impact on the economy will likely play a role in ensuring that recreational weed is legalized. The funds gained would assist in restoring financial balance.
"We will legalize adult-use recreational cannabis, joining 15 states that have already done so," Gov. Cuomo explained. "This will raise revenue and end the failed prohibition of this product that has left so many communities of color over-policed and over-incarcerated. Those, my friends, are the immediate issues for our focus: crushing COVID and the short-term economic consequences for our state."
There is no set date as to when he plans to follow-through with the legalization, but Cuomo intends to enact new policies before the end of the year. These future implementations will have a positive impact on people of color, whom have found themselves unfairly incarcerated over marijuana-related offenses.
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