With support for legalization pressing in from all sides, Cuomo has slowly begun to change his stance on the matter. “You have states that have legalized it now It is no longer a question of legal or illegal. Which means for all intents and purposes it’s going to be here anyway. “
Gov. Cuomo has even gone so far as to suggest that the Empire State has a more proactive stance on cannabis than surrounding states. In a recent radio interview, Cuomo was asked whether New York was falling behind neighboring states like Massachusetts and New Jersey that are enacting or actively working on legalization. “We announced months ago that we were going to study the legalization issue precisely for that reason. “
Regardless of the governor’s opinion, it remains clear that New York is falling behind neighboring states when it comes to cannabis reform. “Over 17,000 black and brown people arrested or issued summonses on low-level marijuana offenses in what we’ve called the most progressive city and state in the country.