By Nick Hamilton | United States
New York could become the tenth state to legalize marijuana, according to a local CBS affiliate in New York.
Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, has historically opposed legalization. However, with Massachusetts legalizing marijuana and New Jersey considering legalization, he’s reconsidering. State government is already investigating possible consequences of legalization in a study Cuomo proposed. The study is likely to conclude this fall.
Cuomo is reconsidering the notion because New York is losing tax revenue to neighboring states. As seen in Colorado, marijuana brings in revenue for both government and the private sector. Therefore, it would make sense for the third most populated state to consider legalization. This comes at a time when the state faces a massive budget gap. Legalization may help to close this gap via an increase in tax revenue.
Despite Cuomo’s newfound approval, legalization of marijuana does still face backlash in the state. Most notably, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio opposes the measure. However, his wife disagrees. In a statement on Friday, Chirlane McRay stated that she indeed supports legalization, saying that people shouldn’t be punished for using the controlled substance. NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce acknowledged that many people in New York hold that same position.
As many people know, there are many benefits to the legalization of marijuana. (which are listed here) If New York legalizes marijuana, this will be a huge victory for legalization advocates not only in New York, but across the country as well.