New York Democratic Party Officially Endorses Marijuana Legalization

After a few weeks of rumors claiming it would happen, the New York Democratic Party officially endorsed legalizing marijuana as part of their platform.

“The New York State Democratic Committee supports the legalization of marijuana which should be regulated and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol,” said the resolution that was adopted by the party's delegates and their convention yesterday.

A few weeks ago leaks came out saying that the party was planning to make this very move, and follows a lot of attention being brought on the issue in the state. Actress Cynthia Nixon adopted recreational marijuana legalization as part of her platform in her race for the Democratic nomination for governor. And current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's made statements signaling his evolution on the issue, and even began a study of the possible effects of legalization. And then earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the city's police department to stop arresting people for smoking marijuana.

A poll earlier this month showed that 62 percent of New York voters approve of legalization, so it would seem the Democrats are following the will of the people.

It probably won't be long before we hear about New York becoming the next state to legalize recreational marijuana.

(h/t Marijuana Moment)


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