Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has made the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults a primary goal for the first 100 days of his new term. Cuomo, who was reelected in November’s midterm elections, announced his administration’s priorities for 2019 in a speech to the New York City Bar Association on Monday morning.
“We must also end the needless and unjust criminal convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma and let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo told the Manhattan meeting of attorneys that additional reform was also necessary.
“We have had two criminal justice systems: one for the wealthy and well off, and one for everyone else,” Cuomo said. “And that’s going to end.”
Cuomo added that injustice has “for too long targeted the African-American and minority communities” and also called for the elimination of the cash bail system during Monday’s speech. Other priorities for the governor include improved transit funding, tax cuts for working families, efforts to reduce the state’s carbon footprint, and a tightening of gun restrictions.
Governor is Recent Convert to Legalization
Just last year, Cuomo characterized cannabis as a “gateway drug” and opposed the legalization of recreational