Governor Cuomo called for the legalization of marijuana in New York during a speech on Monday where he outlined the plans for the first 100 days of his third term.
Cuomo spoke Monday morning in New York City where he laid out the agenda for the upcoming year.
Along with passing the Child Victim’s Act, strengthening gun laws and replacing the cash bail system, Governor Cuomo said New York needs to legalize marijuana.
“We must end the needless and unjust criminal convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma,” said the governor, “and let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all.”
Earlier this year, the governor put together a group to draft legislation to legalize marijuana in New York. The legislation followed a state health department that found the legalization of recreational marijuana would have more positives than negatives.
The state already has a program allowing medical marijuana companies to operate in New York.