New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that there is now a team assigned to draft a marijuana legalization bill.
Marijuana advocates have applauded this move on the marijuana Legalization Bill for the state of New York. They have also urged lawmakers to make sure the legislation correct.
Cuomo made the announcement on Thursday, hoping the state legislators will be considerate to legalize marijuana in New York.
He said: “As we work to implement the report’s recommendations through legislation, we must thoroughly consider all aspects of a regulated marijuana program, including its impact on public health, criminal justice, and state revenue, and mitigate any potential risks associated with it.”
Creating the panel comes following a multi-agency study the Governor commissioned in January, executed by the state’s Health Department.
The study discovered that there are more positive effects of marijuana legalization in New York.
Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, Chris Alexander, applauded the Governor’s move.
Alexander said the Alliance is satisfied that the Governor studied the existing information presented in the report from the Health Department.
He added that legalizing marijuana for adult use is the correct move for New York.
“Marijuana prohibition has devastated our communities, saddled hundreds of thousands with criminal records, acted as an easily accessible tool for racially biased policing, and stunted the opportunities for entire generations of mostly New Yorkers of color.”
Other advocates like Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Erik Altieri, also expressed support.
Altieri said the number of individuals arrested per year is overwhelming and the matter needs to come to an end.
Earlier this week Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, announced that the city of Manhattan will no longer be prosecuting some marijuana offenses.