New York City Mayor Announces Support for Recreational Marijuana Legalization

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been reluctant to support legalizing recreational marijuana despite supporting decriminalization and other cannabis reforms. But now the leader of America's largest city is changing his tune.

De Blasio announced his support for legalizing recreational marijuana, while also pushing for new measures to expunge cannabis convictions from people's records. The mayor's announcement comes on the same day that a report he commissioned on cannabis legalization recommended that it be legalized for anyone 21 and older.

This announcement comes only a few days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his support for recreational marijuana and that he would include the issue in his 2019 budget. Both Cuomo and de Blasio, despite being Democrats in one of the country's most liberal states, held reservations about recreational marijuana for the past few years but began expressing their desires to change the law earlier this year.

While de Blasio seems okay with the criminal justice aspect of marijuana legalization, it will be interesting to see what happens if New York state legalizes cannabis and how the mayor handles the issue. Will he allow loose regulations and tons of dispensaries in New York? Or will he control the city's cannabis industry with an iron fist?

(h/t New York Post)

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