The Washington Times Reports


New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced his full support of statewide legalization of recreational marijuana, making it an administration priority for early 2019.

“Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all,” Cuomo (D) said during a speech in New York City to various constituency advocates outlining his agenda for the first 100 days of his new term.

The governor also vocalized the need to mitigate racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

“We have had two criminal justice systems: one for the wealthy and the well-off and one for everyone else. And that’s going to end,” he said, noting that African American and other minority communities have historically been unfairly targeted. “We must also end the needless and unjust criminal convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma.”

Cuomo’s Monday message was his strongest public endorsement of recreational marijuana to date.