Dept. of Health to recommend legalized marijuana in NY

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 21, 2018

"We looked at the pros, we looked at the cons, and when we were done, we realized that the pros outweighed the cons - and the report recommends that a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state of New York", Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at an event in Brooklyln, the State of Politics blog first reported.

Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, in the past, has been reticent to publicly support calls to regulate the adult marijuana use market in NY state - stating that he is "unconvinced" that legalizing is a preferable public policy to criminalization. He has since softened his stance and ordered the legalization study earlier this year amid pressure from legalization supporters, including his Democratic primary opponent, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon.

Nixon spokeswoman Lauren Hitt says it's a "disgusting form of irony" that "the Governor is now using marijuana to distract from a corruption trial of a close associate".

"When those facts change, we need to do a better analysis of that", Zucker said.

Sources tell CBS2 the state recommendation comes as the NYPD is about to announce it will start issuing summonses instead of arresting people caught smoking or in possession of less than 25 grams of pot.

Don't count on legal weed just yet, however.

Two neighboring states, MA and Vermont, are among those moving toward legalization.

According to The New York Times, legalization efforts by New Jersey and MA helped shift Cuomo's thinking.

The details are yet clear on what age marijuana would be made available to New Yorkers and how a tax plan would be devised.

The former leader of Cuomo's economic development efforts, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, is on trial in federal district court, along with two upstate developers, on bid-rigging charges.

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