Recreational Cannabis Coming To NYC?

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After calling marijuana a gateway drug only a year ago, New York Governor Cuomo, announced that legalizing adult recreational marijuana use would be part of his 100-day "justice agenda" when he takes office again for a third term in January 2019.

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In a democratic controlled state Senate and Assembly, the legalization has a high chance of passing. City Comptroller Scott Steinger has estimated that legalizing marijuana could bring in a revenue of $1.3 billion in annual taxes at the state and local level. New York City alone could possibly receive $336 million of that revenue. Revenue that could be used to address infrastructure matters.

What's interesting is whether Governor Cuomo stance on the legalization of recreational marijuana has changed because of the income it can bring or because of the legalization of recreational use polls favorably. Maybe, it's both.

Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see if the legislation passes and if Governor Cuomo keeps his decree of, "Let's legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all," as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.