January 15, 2019 / Brooklyn news / Leaves of Grass

Weed all about it! Gov. reportedly revealing plan today to legalize pot statewide

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It’s reefer gladness!

Gov. Cuomo will reportedly announce a plan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana today, during his State of the State address set to begin at 2 pm. If approved by legislators in Albany, the governor’s scheme would make New York the 11th state to allow recreational-weed use in the country.

Cuomo’s plan will likely include terms that permit individual cities and towns to opt out of legalizing pot, and ban anyone younger than 21-years-old from purchasing the herb, according to a report by the Rochester–based Democrat and Chronicle.

It will also feature a competitive tax on the drug, the Democrat and Chronicle reported, whose purpose is to stop people from buying it on the black market, which will be effectively decriminalized by any legalization. Still, pot sold on the black market will likely remain cheaper than that sold legally.

Last month, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez — who has largely decriminalized pot possession in Kings County, along with most public-smoking incidents — demanded that any state plan to legalize weed also include provisions for clearing the records of people convicted for past weed-related crimes that will be made legal under the new law.

And some drug-policy advocates say that any legalization plan should use money raised by taxes on the new industry to repay the damage caused to victims of past, stricter weed laws, who are often among low-income communities of color.

“The governor’s proposal must be as comprehensive as the damage that has been done throughout the state — it must ensure equity and diversity, while reinvesting in the communities that were the hardest hit by marijuana criminaliz­ation,” said Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Cuomo’s rumored legalization announcement would come on the heels of his administra­tion’s study of ways to legislate marijuana use, an exploration he called for following his gubernatorial race against pro-legalization “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon last year.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:58 pm, January 16, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Professor Plum from Conservatory says:
I think the word ‘today’ should have been after the word ‘plan’, otherwise it sounds like he will be making marijuana legal starting TODAY
Jan. 15, 2019, 4:57 pm
Somebody from Somewhere says:
It doesnt even matter if its legalized because they're still gonna try to find a way to keep arresting black people for it. All you gotta do is loom at every other state where its legal & you'll see the main ones still getting arrested are black.
Jan. 15, 2019, 11:41 pm
Somebody from Somewhere says:
Look*, not loom.
Jan. 15, 2019, 11:42 pm
K. from ArKady says:
20% is reasonable, it's what we pay here. With product costs plummeting like a paralyzed falcon, nobody complains. While people do still get arrested here, it's not over cannabis, I can assure you. You can fire up a joint right in front of the police, they do not care a whit.
Jan. 16, 2019, 12:03 pm
Samir Kabir from Cobble Hill says:
Has Governor Cuomo considered the effect legal pot will have on children? Walking around the streets of Brooklyn, I smell very heavy oder of marijuana very often. You know what? Children walk down those streets, as well.
Jan. 17, 2019, 5:52 am
Anonymous from Cobble Hill says:
Governor Cuomo is an avaricious crook who should be in jail. He wants to be the loser who legalizes drugs so children can get hooked at an early age. Change the law rather than legalize marijuana if the arrests are discriminatory. Brooklyn stinks with the second hand smoke odor of street marijuana. No is discussing the pulmonary health risks and Cuomo could care less since he is the bastard who closed LICH and permitted the disgusting NYU Langone Cobble Hill ER to open with his deep ties to NYU Langone Hospital. Here are the risks:
March 13, 2019, 7:19 pm

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