STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Is New York state moving to blaze it up already?
You might think so, given some comments on Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Speaking at a subway-related press conference, Cuomo said that given the legalization of marijuana by Massachusetts and its potential legalization in New Jersey, “for all intents and purposes, it is going to be here anyway,” the New York Post reported.
This, of course, came right on the heels of comments by Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo’s Democratic primary rival, who earlier last week said that if she’s elected governor, she’ll look to legalize weed in a move toward racial justice.
Cuomo said it was no longer a matter of weed being legal or illegal. It’s now a question of whether New York state should legalize because other states close to its borders have already done so.
Certainly a different argument.
Cuomo earlier this year appointed a commission to look at the pros and cons of legalizing weed for recreational purposes. But Nixon’s comments seem to have lit a fire under Cuomo, who on Thursday said that the situation with marijuana had “dramatically changed.”
That was quick.
Right off the bat, it was easy to believe already that New York state would move toward legalizing weed for recreational purposes. We’ve already legalized medical marijuana, and had expanded the palate of conditions for which it can be prescribed.
New York City had already decriminalized possession of 25 grams of weed or less. You’ll get a ticket, but won’t get arrested, if you’re found holding that much.
And, yes, Massachusetts has legalized. New Jersey will give it a serious look as well; new Gov. Phil Murphy ran on legalization as part of his platform. Weed is legal in Washington, D.C., Oregon, Colorado, California and other states.
Add to that