New York could legalise cannabis this year, governor says

By Dan Whitcomb

New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday pledged for the second year in a row to legalise recreational cannabis, looking for his state to become the nation’s 12th to do so and saying that it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Mr Cuomo, a Democrat, made the legalisation of cannabis a key priority as he outlined his agenda for 2020, saying taxes imposed by a regulatory scheme could bring some $300m (£230m) into the state’s coffers and confront injustices in enforcement of drug laws.

“For decades, communities of colour were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws. Last year we righted that injustice when we decriminalised possession,” Mr Cuomo said in his annual State of the State address, according to a transcript of the speech released by his office.

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