Saturday 18 January 2020

Governor plans to legalise cannabis across New York

 

Mr Cuomo, a Democrat, made the legalisation of cannabis a key priority as he outlined his agenda for 2020
Mr Cuomo, a Democrat, made the legalisation of cannabis a key priority as he outlined his agenda for 2020

Dan Whitcomb

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged for the second year in a row to legalise recreational cannabis.

The state would become the 12th to do so and Mr Cuomo said it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Mr Cuomo, a Democrat, made the legalisation of cannabis a key priority as he outlined his agenda for 2020, saying taxes imposed by a regulatory scheme could bring some $300m (€270m) into the state's coffers and confront injustices in enforcement of drug laws.

"For decades, communities of colour were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws.

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"Last year we righted that injustice when we decriminalised possession," Mr Cuomo said in his annual State of the State address on Wednesday.

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