ALBANY, NY (AP) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for leisure use by adults, his third try in as a few years to totally legalize the drug within the state.
Cuomo, a Democrat, deliberate to announce his proposal Wednesday as a part of his subsequent state of the state agenda for the 12 months.
The proposal requires the creation of a brand new Hashish Administration Workplace that will oversee leisure use in addition to current medical use.
It will additionally provide licensing alternatives for these in communities which were disproportionately impacted by anti-marijuana regulation enforcement efforts to turn into entrepreneurs within the new leisure market.
Cuomo’s newest legalization proposal follows two failed makes an attempt in 2019 and 2020 to totally legalize marijuana, which fell quick regardless of the Democrats’ 2018 victory of each homes of the Legislature.
In 2019, New York eased some prison penalties for possession of small quantities of marijuana and launched a course of to routinely expunge the information of 1000’s of individuals convicted of low-level possession offenses.
Democrats received a veto-proof supermajority in November, and supporters hope legalization will acquire momentum.
However Cuomo’s proposal will nonetheless want buy-in from Democrats in altering suburban districts, who’ve lengthy cited considerations that legalization would result in extra impaired driving and extra youngsters smoking marijuana.