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Marijuana legalization tops Cuomo's priorities for 2019

Dec 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Rachel Silberstein is reporting for the Times Union Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo December 17, announced his executive agenda for 2019, and recreational marijuana legalization, a "Green New Deal," and gun control measures were near the top of that list. "Let's legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana, once and for all," Cuomo said during a speech in Manhattan. Marijuana legalization will be part of Cuomo's criminal justice reform platform, which includes ending cash bail. "We have had two criminal justice systems: one for the wealthy and well off, and one for everyone else," Cuomo said. "And that's going to end." He outlined policy items to be accomplished during the first 100 days of his third term. On the environmental front, Cuomo called for New York's electricity to be 100 percent "carbon neutral" by 2040. During his speech, the governor channeled former New York governor and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, asking "What would FDR do?" if he were saddled with the same challenges from what Cuomo described as a hostile federal government. Read the full story in the Times Union.