The governor of New York said that he wants to travel to legalized states in order to study legal cannabis and decide how New York can do it best.
According to 7 News in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to travel to at least three legal states in order to get the inside scoop on legal cannabis. “I’m going to visit Massachusetts, Illinois, and California or Colorado,” he said. He claimed he wants to bring his team with him so that key cannabis players can talk to legal states about what works well and what needs work. “Everybody has a plan, but can you actually get it done and does it turn out the way you planned it, right? That’s the big question. And that’s where government usually gets into trouble. So I want to make sure we learn from them.”
Cannabis is decriminalized in New York, a bold move following a history of harsh cannabis laws, but it’s still not recreational. Cuomo also plans to partner with neighboring legal states or states attempting to legalize like Rhode Island and New Jersey in order to help minimize competition.
“Everybody has goals; we want a goal of social equity; we want to make sure young people can’t get it, etc. We want to make sure there are advantages to communities that have been oppressed. But, then you look at the aftermath and many of those goals haven’t been met, right?” Cuomo said.
The governor hopes to pass the bill as part of the budget, which is due April 1. Legal cannabis definitely has a solid following in New York, as the state bar association supports legal cannabis, and the state is more in favor of legal cannabis than harmful opioids. With this much support, New York could have legal cannabis soon.