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NY Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Mar 31, 2021
Medical Marijuana
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana. The state legislature approved the measure Tuesday night. Opponents warn that it will lead more people to use the drug and that traffic accidents will increase. 

Kyle Belokopitsky, executive director of the New York State PTA, speaking March 29, 2021.
Karen DeWitt

Opponents of legalizing marijuana in New York are making a last-minute pitch to derail an agreement reached between Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature to allow the sale of the drug to adults for recreational purposes.  

Medical Marijuana
Jesse King / WAMC

New Yorkers over the age of 21 will be able to legally buy marijuana as early as next year, under terms of a bill agreed to by both houses of the state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo and set to be voted on Tuesday. 

Cuomo Amends Marijuana Proposal As Budget Nears

Feb 16, 2021
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is amending his proposal to legalize marijuana for adult, recreational use in New York to allow delivery of cannabis products, reduce criminal penalties for illegal sales, and outline how a portion of tax revenue from the industry would be spent.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his 2021 agenda includes addressing a $15 billion budget deficit partly by legalizing recreational marijuana. Some area lawmakers have concerns.

Cuomo: Legal Marijuana Out Of The Budget

Mar 31, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo says legalizing recreational marijuana is not going to be part of the state budget this year. Cuomo made his comments as the budget deadline approached with no agreement on how to close a $15 billion budget gap, caused by the fallout from the coronavirus.

tobacco products including e-cigarettes (vaping products) on UAlbany campuses will not be permitted
Composite Image by Dave Lucas

The University at Albany is joining a number of college campuses across the country in becoming tobacco free.

NYS Senator Carlucci Previews 2020 Session

Dec 26, 2019
Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

New York state Senator David Carlucci says much will be accomplished in the legislative session that begins in two weeks. The Democrat from Rockland County spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about topics from legalizing recreational marijuana to revamping the state’s numerous authorities.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
Courtes of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

It was a busy first session for first-term New York state Senator James Skoufis, who represents the 39th district long held by Republican Bill Larkin. Skoufis, who formerly served in the Assembly, is chair of the Senate’s Investigations Committee and, true to his pledge, was proactive in this role. He recently spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about that and more.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a bill into law banning single use plastic shopping bags in New York State at a ceremony held on Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2019 at Long Island University.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the legislative session that wrapped up Friday “the most productive in modern history.” WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas garnered reaction from local lawmakers.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state has fallen flat.

A new poll shows while New Yorkers would prefer Kirsten Gillibrand over Bill de Blasio in a 2020 presidential run, they're not keen on Andrew Cuomo staying on as governor for a fourth term.

As discussions continue in the New York state legislature on whether to legalize recreational marijuana, a health department in the Hudson Valley is asking its county leaders to consider opting out of sales.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

With lawmakers considering legalization of marijuana in New York, federal data shows about 5 percent of all arrests in the state are for possession of the drug.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

After the failure to include legalized recreational marijuana in the New York State budget earlier this year, sponsors of the legislation say they are introducing a new bill that they hope stands a better chance at becoming law.

Picture of a marijuana plant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

New York state legislators are considering legalizing recreational marijuana, but there is opposition to the idea. Smart Approaches to Marijuana officials have visited a number of county legislatures in the state, highlighting what they view as dangers of legalization.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an interview Friday on WXXI Radio, cast doubt on the future of legalized marijuana in New York.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Plattsburgh, NY
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The chance to include the legalization of adult recreational marijuana in the New York state budget is fading, now that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be backing away from the proposal.

NYS Senator Discusses Budget Issues

Mar 18, 2019

With the New York state budget due April 1, it’s time to reconcile the legislature’s proposals with the governor’s spending plan. On Monday, one of the Hudson Valley’s Democratic state senators discussed aspects of the Senate’s budget, and weighed in on such topics as legalizing recreational marijuana and sports betting.

Governor Andrew Cuomo would like to pass marijuana legalization by the budget deadline of April 1st
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

As Governor Andrew Cuomo pushes to make New York the 11th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, activists, advocates, critics and local governments are jockeying for position on the plan.

Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol, President of the New York State Sheriff’s Association
Karen DeWitt

It seems all but inevitable that New York will legalize recreational marijuana sometime this year, now that the governor and leaders of the legislature all agree that it should happen. But a coalition of groups, including county sheriffs and the PTA, warn of moving too quickly. They say there are several serious factors to consider, including the potential of increased traffic deaths and stepped up drug use by teens and children.