New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come a long way, baby. In 2017, he said, “I support medical marijuana. I don’t support recreational marijuana,” adding that cannabis “leads to other drugs and there’s a lot of truth to proof that that’s true.”
Today, in a speech in at the New York Bar in Manhattan outlining his 2019 agenda for the state, Cuomo declared: “Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all.”
What accounts for the governor’s stunning change of heart and opinion? Let’s count the ways:
• With Michigan voting to legalize marijuana in November, now 10 states have followed the leads of Colorado and Washington when they changed their pot policy in 2012.
• Border state Massachusetts, which voted to legalize adult use in 2016, just started opening up shops last month. New Yorkers can now cross over to the Bay State for cannabis products; however, it’s illegal to bring them back to the Empire State
• Since the election of Phil Murphy as governor in 2017, the New Jersey legislature has been moving full speed ahead in shaping a bill that all parties can agree on. It looks that won’t be resolved until next