As Gov. Andrew Cuomo is setting the legalization of recreational cannabis in New York as a goal for the first 100 days of his administration, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is clearing hundreds of cannabis possession cases.
In Manhattan on Monday, Cuomo made the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults a priority for the first 100 days of his new term. Cuomo, who was reelected in November’s midterm elections, announced his administration’s top goals for 2019 in a speech to the New York City Bar Association.
“We must also end the needless and unjust criminal convictions, and the debilitating criminal stigma, and let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo told the meeting of attorneys that additional criminal justice reforms were also needed.
“We have had two criminal justice systems: one for the wealthy and well off, and one for everyone else,” Cuomo said. “And that’s going to end.”
Cuomo noted that injustice has “for too long targeted the African-American and minority communities” and also called for an end to the cash bail system during Monday’s speech.
The governor said during a radio interview last week that his priorities for the new term will have a notably progressive