New York Governor Says Recreational Marijuana Bill Will Pass Sometime in 2019

New York will legalize recreational marijuana in 2019, at least if you believe the state's governor.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a public appearance yesterday that he expects the state to legalize recreational marijuana at some point in 2019. However his statement lacked any specifics beyond that.

"We now have a working group that is putting together a piece of legislation that would do it, because the devil is in the details: How do you do it, where do you do it, what are the ages, etc.? What is New Jersey doing? What has Massachusetts done," Cuomo said. "So that legislation is being crafted. I expect it to be introduced next year. The when and the how, we're not clear."

Cuomo's made a huge change in stance towards marijuana in the past year. The governor previously opposed efforts to legalize cannabis in New York, but around a year ago began warming to the idea. Now he's gone so far to officially endorse legalizing recreational marijuana and pushing for the state to address the issue.

So while we may not have an exact date, we do know we can expect a bill at some point next year.

(h/t Buffalo News)

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Lawmakers in Quebec failed to pass a bill that would have increased the minimum age for purchasing and consuming cannabis from 18 to 21 before the end of the legislative session. When the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) was elected to power in Quebec last year, they brought with them a promise to raise the legal age for buying and consuming recreational cannabis. Right now, anyone 18 or older can legally purchase cannabis in Quebec, which is tied with Alberta for having the lowest legal age for recreational cannabis.

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