New York’s Governor Says the Fight for Marijuana Reform Will Go On

New York has an all-out public health crisis on its hands. But last week, the governor said that won’t stop his state from pursuing cannabis reform.

“We will pass a budget and address the policy items that we laid out and discussed [in January],” Andrew Cuomo said. Those items include legalization of recreational marijuana and eased regulations on medical cannabis. 

New York has already decriminalized cannabis, but efforts to legalize pot have failed to materialize in the legislature. As long as lawmakers press on, there is hope that could change.

Cuomo's persistence should inspire California lawmakers as they decide how to navigate their own legislative priorities. There has already been some concern that pending cannabis legislation here could become a casulaty of COVID-19.