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New York To Explore Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York to study the impact of allowing recreational marijuana usage.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York to study the impact of allowing recreational marijuana usage. Photo Credit: File

New York is taking the next step toward legalizing recreational marijuana use.

In his budget presentation Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a study to determine the impact legalizing recreational marijuana in neighboring states like Massachusetts, Vermont and possibly New Jersey would have in New York.

Cuomo also wants the state to look at the impact it would have on New York if it relaxed its marijuana laws.

Massachusetts voters approved legalizing marijuana in 2016 while in Vermont, the state voted in favor of legalizing marijuana. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy supports legalizing marijuana.

“If it was legalized in Jersey and it was legal in Massachusetts and the federal government allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to New York, because it’s right in the middle?" Cuomo said. This is an important topic, it’s a hotly debated topic, pardon the pun, and it’d be nice to have the facts in the middle of the debate once in a while."

New Yorkers can currently use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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