New York’s top health official has nearly completed a study that strongly recommends cannabis legalization.
The state’s health commissioner Howard Zucker announced on Monday that a study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will recommend that “a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state,” reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
“We looked at the pros, we looked at the cons,” Zucker said. “And when we were done, we realized that the pros outweigh the cons and the report recommends that a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state of New York.”
Zucker further explained that the study considered a wide range of issues — including a legal age limit, impaired driving, and production and distribution — and concluded that cannabis legalization should be implemented throughout the state.
Gov. Cuomo has opposed a legal marijuana program and still believes in the marijuana gateway myth as of 2017.
His opposing gubernatorial candidate, Cynthia Nixon, has vocally supported legalization since announcing her bid on March 19.
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