New York: Giambra Says Legalize Cannabis, Gov. Cuomo Says Study It

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Marijuana legalization will likely play a significant role in New York’s gubernatorial election come Nov. 6, 2018.

Just 24-hours after New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Joel Giambra proposed legalizing adult-use marijuana to help fix the state’s underfunded transportation system on Monday, Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo issued a plan that will allow a panel to examine the consequences of legalizing recreational marijuana in the Empire State.

On Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo noted that legalization “is an important topic” and announced that he will appoint a panel to scrutinize the issue of legalizing marijuana. No longer referring to marijuana as a “gateway drug,” Cuomo’s newest politically expedient position on legalization was rolled out during the governor’s 2019 fiscal year Executive Budget Address.

Caught between the proverbial rock and a political hard place, the governor noted:

“If it was legalized in Jersey and it was legal in Massachusetts and the federal government allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to New York, because it’s right in the middle?”

The politics of pot heat up in New York State

More politically astute and seemingly more fiscally responsible, Joel Giambra believes New York’s neglected subway system has “gone to pot” and that legal marijuana can help rehabilitate the states failing infrastructure.

Per the New York Daily News, a source close to the candidate explained Giambra’s pro-cannabis  position:

“Adult use of marijuana can produce revenue for the state that can rebuild the MTA and our roads and bridges throughout the state,” explained a representative for Giambra. “Many of our neighboring states now allow for adult use and New York will miss out on billions in revenue and further expand the black market.”

While the debate to “study” or “legalize” marijuana in New York state will seemingly be decided in November, a public opinion survey published in late 2017 indicates 62 percent of polled New Yorkers support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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3 Comments

  1. This shows just how little integrity Cuomo has. His medical cannabis program is a joke. Just a little while he was spewing out the same old tired reefer madness lies and suddenly he wants to study legalizations?! Well, Andy, the studies are already there and legalization has been a positive except for the black market and big pharma. Now just who is a big donor to Andy’s national political dreams? Could it be big pharma? It’s way past time to legalize cannabis in New York. Either lead, follow or better yet, get out of the way Andy.

    • @Sparkygump…Hooah! Cuomo is blowing smoke and we all know it. The current program truly sucks for potential patients and is really nothing more than big pharma getting some pay out of it.

  2. I’ve been smoking marijuana for 44 years and cigarettes also. I wish I only smoked marijuana for this period of time. I recently had a Hart attack and stopped smoking cigarettes! I will not give up smoking marijuana as it helps me with the cervical problems that I have. NY State needs to legalize marijuana for recreational use! The Government made it illegal because of the monetary affect it would have on the drug companies,these companies have killed many people throughout the world . Yes,these companies have also made medicine’s that do help people with health problems. The opioids that we’re prescribed to my self and trillions of people for chronic pain should have the option of taking marijuana instead of the pain killers that have been prescribed like candy.

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