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Gov. Cuomo to push for legalizing recreational marijuana in 2019

(Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

In a speech outlining his 100-day agenda, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he plans to push for legalizing recreational marijuana.

"Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana, once and for all," the governor said during his speech in Manhattan Monday morning.

Cuomo, a democrat, was reelected in November, and his party will control both houses of the New York State Legislature.

Ten other states and Washington D.C. have legalized adult use of recreational marijuana.

In response, New York State's Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Kassandra Frderique. released a statement saying, "Governor Cuomo and the legislature must implement legalization in a way that ensures equity and diversity, while reinvesting in the communities hit hardest by marijuana criminalization. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act does all of these things, so Governor Cuomo and the new Democratic majority have a golden opportunity to get legalization done the right way, right away.”

Legalizing marijuana is estimated to bring in $1.3 billion in tax revenue to New York.

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