Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced his support for making recreational marijuana legal in his state, the fourth most populous in the nation.
“Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana, once and for all,” Cuomo said during a speech in Manhattan outlining his 2019 agenda.
New York state legislators already have bills on deck that propose legalization of adult use of marijuana, so New York could join 10 other states that have made weed use legal in recent years.
But New York may go even further than that: statistics have shown minorities, especially African-Americans, are much more likely to be convicted of minor drug offenses. According to the New York Post, Cuomo is “exploring” whether people who have been convicted of marijuana possession could have those convictions removed from their records.
Governor Cuomo was previously viewed as an opponent of legalizlization although he admitted to having experimented with weed as a youth.