New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Tuesday that he plans to meet with the governors of Connecticut and New Jersey to talk about techniques to develop consistency inside every single state’s respective marijuana applications as they move forward with plans to legalize.
“I want to speak to Connecticut, and then I want to speak to Jersey, about getting a regional symmetry on vaping merchandise and marijuana,” he mentioned throughout an interview on Extended Island News Radio. “For one particular state to do it, it tends to make no sense if the neighboring state has a completely distinctive policy, since you then just incentivize men and women to drive more than the border and obtain it there.”
He also expressed issues that if men and women had been to travel across state borders to obtain cannabis, they could consume even though driving, also.
“We are critical in this state about legalizing recreational use of marijuana, but it has to be performed ideal and protected and I want to start out with Connecticut and see if there’s not an openness to come up with typical parameters on a policy. Otherwise, it is counterproductive, as I mentioned prior to, men and women drive across the border, they obtain a greater item, or they obtain a less costly item, or they obtain marijuana with much more THC, or they obtain marijuana that comes in a distinctive type, and now you have men and women driving and possibly smoking marijuana at the similar time.”
The interview also touched on vaping and the have to have to implement regulations to stop youth consumption. Cuomo drew a parallel to guidelines for marijuana, suggesting that cannabis gummy bears could be banned like flavored cigarettes to prevent attractive to young men and women.
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That is the second important restriction the governor has lately floated. Final week, he hinted that his administration could take into consideration pushing for a ban on smoking marijuana when the state legalizes—a policy he backed for New York’s healthcare cannabis system in legislation enacted in 2014.
As Cuomo mentioned, having said that, if neighboring states implement legal marijuana applications that do not involve such bans, that raises the possibility that New Yorkers will travel outdoors the state to get merchandise, so it will probably be a point of conversation when he meets with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) on Wednesday and then New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) later.
“These are the sorts of concerns we’re going to have to believe by means of, not just in New York’s policy, but to the extent we can have coordination with the other states it would be greater,” Cuomo mentioned in a separate interview with WNYC on Tuesday.
The governor also reiterated that the lack of federal action on marijuana reform implies that states have had to take it upon themselves to create regulations, and with that, “you have the query of coordination” involving states.
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He mentioned that concerns officials from the distinctive states ought to talk about involve THC limits, age restrictions, taxes, allowable item preparation and volume of sales. The aim of the meetings is to ideally “arrive at some type of commonality.”
“We are just beginning conversations,” he mentioned. “I’ve spoke to Governor Lamont in Connecticut. He’s interested, and it is just typical sense, really. You do not want men and women driving distances to obtain marijuana merchandise and then driving back.”
Lamont and Cuomo met for a fishing trip final month, throughout which they discussed cannabis legalization plans, creating Cuomo’s closing nautical metaphor in the new radio interview in particular apt.
“If we do not do it and we do not make progress, no one particular else is going to support us since we’re on our personal, which is a tiny frightening but it is a tiny liberating,” Cuomo mentioned. “We’re in a boat, we’re in the middle of the ocean, the engine does not function and we’re on our personal so we have to have to start out swimming.”
Though plans to get cannabis legalized in New York stalled earlier this year when negotiations didn’t generate a passable bill, Cuomo has emphasized that legalization will stay an administrative priority.
“I want to make confident that we have as a important priority in subsequent year’s legislative session, legalizing recreational marijuana,” he mentioned on Tuesday. “And to the extent practicable I want to see if we can coordinate with the other states since, by definition, we place collectively one particular technique, New Jersey puts collectively one more technique, Connecticut puts collectively a third system—I do not want competitors or purchasing if we can prevent it amongst the systems.”
Each Lamont and Murphy also pushed to get cannabis legalized in their states this year. But even though there had been several profitable committee votes and hearings on legalization legislation in Connecticut, it didn’t attain the complete floor. Likewise in New Jersey, legislative efforts to legalize failed, with lawmakers suggesting they could advance the situation by means of a referendum for voters to make a decision on subsequent year.
Cuomo signed legislation in July expanding the state’s decriminalization law and generating a pathway for expungements for folks with prior cannabis convictions.
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This story was updated to involve comments from a second Cuomo interview.
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